Simple Definition of incipient
: beginning to develop or exist
Full Definition of incipient
: beginning to come into being or to become apparent <an incipient solar system> <evidence of incipient racial tension>
Examples of incipient in a sentence
The project is still in its incipient stages.
<I have an incipient dislike and distrust of that guy, and I only met him this morning.>
Did You Know?
A good starting point for any investigation of "incipient" is the Latin verb incipere, which means "to begin." "Incipient" first emerged in English in a 1669 scientific text that referred to "incipient putrefaction." Later came the genesis of two related nouns, "incipiency" and "incipience," both of which are synonymous with "beginning." "Incipere" also stands at the beginning of the words "inception" ("an act, process, or instance of beginning") and "incipit," a term that literally means "it begins" and which was used for the opening words of a medieval text. "Incipere" itself derives from another Latin verb, capere, which means "to take" or "to seize."
Origin and Etymology of incipient
Latin incipient-, incipiens, present participle of incipere to begin — more at inception
First Known Use: 1669
Medical Definition of incipient
: beginning to come into being or to become apparent <the incipient stage of a fever>
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