in·​cip·​i·​en·​cy in-ˈsi-pē-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce incipiency (audio)
: the state or fact of being incipient : beginning

Examples of incipiency in a Sentence

from its incipiency the city's monthlong festival of the performing arts has been a great success
Recent Examples on the Web The incipiency of our polarization was evident during the Watergate years. Jane Greenway Carr, CNN, 12 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incipiency was in 1817

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Cite this Entry

“Incipiency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​cip·​i·​en·​cy in-ˈsip-ē-ən-sē How to pronounce incipiency (audio)
: the fact or state of being incipient

Medical Definition


in·​cip·​i·​en·​cy -ən-sē How to pronounce incipiency (audio)
plural incipiencies
: the state or fact of being incipient : the beginning of something
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