: 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
- 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.>
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)
: beginning to come into being or to become apparent <the incipient stage of a fever>
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