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Examples of incipience in a Sentence

since its incipience, the show has been on the cutting edge of comedy
Recent Examples on the Web Eleemosynary deeds have their incipience domestically. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 Yet this modest drama invokes the power of incipience—fear of what will happen next—and amplifies it with lean writing in the service of flawless acting. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of incipience was circa 1864

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“Incipience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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