Simple Definition of inception
: the time at which something begins
Full Definition of inception
: an act, process, or instance of beginning : commencement
Examples of inception in a sentence
The project has been shrouded in controversy from its inception.
Since its inception, the business has expanded to become a national retail chain.
We'll assist you at every stage from inception to completion.
Origin of inception
Middle English incepcion, from Latin inception-, inceptio, from incipere to begin, from in- + capere to take
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of inception
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