inception

noun in·cep·tion \ in-ˈsep-shən \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of inception

: 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.

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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

INCEPTION Defined for English Language Learners

inception

noun

Definition of inception for English Language Learners

  • : the time at which something begins



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