inchoative

adjective in·cho·a·tive \ in-ˈkō-ə-tiv \

Definition of inchoative

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

inchoative

noun

inchoatively

adverb

First Known Use of inchoative

circa 1631

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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