1Relating to or marking the beginning of something; initial.
- 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; inchoative.
- 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.
Early 17th century (as a noun): from late Latin inceptivus, from incept- 'begun', from the verb incipere.
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