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in·​cep·​tive in-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce inceptive (audio)
: an inchoative verb


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: of or relating to a beginning
inceptively adverb

Examples of inceptive in a Sentence

Adjective only just recently gained an inceptive understanding of the overwhelming vastness of the universe
Recent Examples on the Web
Vaccinating our faculty and staff is our first step toward keeping our schools open and safe and will be inceptive to reopening our economy. Margaret W. Long,, 19 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use


1612, in the meaning defined above


1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inceptive was in 1612

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“Inceptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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