# inception

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noun in·cep·tion \in-ˈsep-shən\

## Definition of inception

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

## Examples of inception in a Sentence

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.

## Recent Examples of inception from the Web

• This is the same knowledge that Black women have been receiving from my institution since its inception on April 11, 1881.
• In the 50 years since its inception, Valérian and Laureline has had a significant influence on sci-fi, including films like The Fifth Element and the Star Wars series.
• Saara Sabbagh, 45, for example, has been answering questions at Speed Date since its inception.
• Boosted by brisk sales in tickets for Keno and for several scratch-off games, the Kentucky Lottery for the first time since its inception in 1989 has surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales for a fiscal year. • Judge Brian K. Flaherty presided over the case since its inception. • Since its inception, the event has raised more than$500,000 for New Hope for Kids.
• Since its inception, Medicaid has been an open-ended entitlement, with Washington matching a share of what each state spends.
• Since its inception in early 2016, KLiCWow has distributed almost 300 tablets and Wow Pouches to Clermont early learners.

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## Origin and Etymology of inception

Middle English incepcion, from Latin inception-, inceptio, from incipere to begin, from in- + capere to take

## Synonym Discussion of inception

origin, source, inception, root mean the point at which something begins its course or existence. origin applies to the things or persons from which something is ultimately derived and often to the causes operating before the thing itself comes into being. an investigation into the origin of baseball source applies more often to the point where something springs into being. the source of the Nile the source of recurrent trouble inception stresses the beginning of something without implying causes. the business has been a success since its inception root suggests a first, ultimate, or fundamental source often not easily discerned. the real root of the violence

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## Definition of inception for English Language Learners

• : the time at which something begins

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