incipient


in·cip·i·ent

adjective \-ənt\

: 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>
in·cip·i·ent·ly adverb

Examples of INCIPIENT

  1. The project is still in its incipient stages.
  2. <I have an incipient dislike and distrust of that guy, and I only met him this morning.>

Origin of INCIPIENT

Latin incipient-, incipiens, present participle of incipere to begin — more at inception
First Known Use: 1669

in·cip·i·ent

adjective \-ənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INCIPIENT

: beginning to come into being or to become apparent <the incipient stage of a fever>
in·cip·i·ent·ly adverb

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