Definition of inceptive in English:

inceptive

Line breaks: in¦cep|tive
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsɛptɪv
 
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adjective

1Relating to or marking the beginning of something; initial: the inceptive period of the program
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  • After quick cooling down, the inceptive sunshade curtain is set to a curled finished sunshade curtain.
  • And this is also true of the person who relies for his inceptive right upon a filing.
  • And of course the most outstanding example of an inceptive cyborg where mind and matter are linked into one functional device is a living biological system.
1.1 Grammar (Of a verb) expressing the beginning of an action.
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  • Many of the most frequently used verbs in English are merely inceptive variants of other common verbs.
  • In colloquial use, this affix may be appended to the inceptive copulas and to verbs as well, though this is considered uneducated.
  • This same phrase is repeated later in but with an inceptive prefix emphasizing the inchoative sense.

noun

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An inceptive verb.
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  • These verbs are in the literature referred to as ‘inceptives’.
  • The logical subject was marked nominative with intransitives, inceptives and verbs of motion.

Origin

early 17th century (as a noun): from late Latin inceptivus, from incept- 'begun', from the verb incipere.

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