noun \in-ˈsep-shən\

: the time at which something begins

Full Definition of INCEPTION

:  an act, process, or instance of beginning :  commencement

Examples of INCEPTION

  1. The project has been shrouded in controversy from its inception.
  2. Since its inception, the business has expanded to become a national retail chain.
  3. We'll assist you at every stage from inception to completion.


Middle English incepcion, from Latin inception-, inceptio, from incipere to begin, from in- + capere to take
First Known Use: 15th century


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