inchoative

adjective
in·​cho·​a·​tive | \ in-ˈkō-ə-tiv How to pronounce inchoative (audio) \

Definition of inchoative

1 : initial, formative the inchoative stages
2 : denoting the beginning of an action, state, or occurrence used of verbs

Other Words from inchoative

inchoative noun
inchoatively adverb

First Known Use of inchoative

circa 1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inchoative

borrowed from Late Latin incohātīvus, inchoātīvus "denoting the beginning of a verbal action," from Latin incohātus, inchoātus, past participle of incohāre, inchoāre "to start work on, begin, initiate" + -īvus -ive — more at inchoate

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“Inchoative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inchoative. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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