in·​cep·​tion | \in-ˈsep-shən \

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

Examples of inception in a Sentence

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.
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The bloody battle dealt the highest number of casualties to the SDF since its inception in 2015, the Observatory said. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Islamic State Kills Dozens of U.S.-Backed Fighters in Syria Battle, Monitor Says," 26 Nov. 2018 The iconic Louis XVI Chair is indeed a timeless traditional design that’s been popular since its inception in the 1700s. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Why The Transparent Plastic Ghost Chair Is An Icon Of Modern Furniture Design," 14 Nov. 2018 That math underscores principles that William P. Lauder, executive chairman of the Estée Lauder Companies, says have been baked into the DNA of his family’s business since its inception. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Congress?," 10 Oct. 2018 The legal pot industry has grappled with concerns about kids and edibles since its inception. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Washington to ‘reevaluate’ marijuana edibles, crack down on products that might appeal to kids," 5 Oct. 2018 Since its inception, the Trump administration has included some senior officials—both conservative and more liberal—who have sought to curb Mr. Trump’s direction, according to people familiar with the matter. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Senior White House Officials Deny Writing Anonymous Op-Ed Piece," 6 Sep. 2018 Since their inception, the MTV VMA Awards have been the site of some of pop culture's most outrageous moments (remember Britney and Madonna? Vogue, "These Were the Must-See Moments From This Year's MTV VMAs," 21 Aug. 2018 Adkins and Emery and hundreds of others have recorded their oral histories at The Nordic Museum since its inception in 1980. The Seattle Times, "Create an oral history to share your family’s experience," 23 Oct. 2018 But the Alteñas are an all-female mariachi group — and since their inception in 2002, their rhythmic guitarrón strums and proud trumpet blasts have bested many of their male counterparts at invitation-only competitions. Harper Smith, Allure, "The Beauty Secrets of Mariachi Las Alteñas, an All-Female Mariachi Band in the Heart of Texas," 13 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of inception

: the time at which something begins

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