inceptive

noun
in·​cep·​tive | \in-ˈsep-tiv \

Definition of inceptive 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an inchoative verb

inceptive

adjective

Definition of inceptive (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : of or relating to a beginning

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inceptively adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for inceptive

Synonyms: Adjective

aborning, budding, inchoate, incipient, nascent

Antonyms: Adjective

adult, full-blown, full-fledged, mature, ripe, ripened

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Examples of inceptive in a Sentence

Adjective

only just recently gained an inceptive understanding of the overwhelming vastness of the universe

First Known Use of inceptive

Noun

1612, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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