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

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“Inchoative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inchoative. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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