inceptive

noun
in·​cep·​tive | \ in-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce inceptive (audio) \

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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Adjective

inceptively adverb

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, chicagotribune.com, "Guest column: Vaccinating educators is essentially, essential," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of inceptive was in 1612

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“Inceptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inceptive. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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