in·​cep·​tion | \ in-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce inception (audio) \

Definition of inception

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

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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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The project has been shrouded in controversy from its inception. Since its inception, the business has expanded to become a national retail chain. We'll assist you at every stage from inception to completion.
Recent Examples on the Web However, many holdings because of near-term inception dates or fund conversions/mergers don’t even have 10-year track records. Ivan Illan, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Spears' father acted as her co-conservator from the conservatorship's inception in 2008. Chloe Melas, CNN, 27 July 2022 Brownsburg's Lucas Oil IRP had been a staple on the NASCAR Truck schedule from the series' inception in 1995. Rob Peeters, The Indianapolis Star, 27 July 2022 The fund gained only $12 million in assets since inception, a fraction of the $9 billion in Wood’s flagship fund. Fortune, 20 July 2022 Traditionally defined as a neutral nail edged in white, the French manicure has fallen in and out of fashion since its 1970s inception. Amber Kallor, WSJ, 20 July 2022 Freema Agyeman, the actor who's made rounds since the show's inception, will not return for New Amsterdam's fifth and final season. Lauren Huff,, 20 July 2022 The [initial] timeline was probably about seven or eight months from inception to construction, which took about six months. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 July 2022 The organization has faced criticism since its inception for an inability to accurately portray the breadth and diversity of a global dining scene. Nico Avalle, Bon Appétit, 18 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inception

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inception

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

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“Inception.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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