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The beginning of something, such as an undertaking; a commencement. See Synonyms at origin.
the beginning, as of a project or undertaking
[1375–1425; late Middle English incepcion < Latin inceptiō <incep-, variant s. of incipere to take in hand, begin (in- in-2 + -cipere, comb. form of capere to take)]
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|Noun||1.||inception - an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events|
beginning - the event consisting of the start of something; "the beginning of the war"
germination - the origin of some development; "the germination of their discontent"
cause - events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"
prelude, overture, preliminary - something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner"
1. The act or process of bringing or being brought into existence:
beginning, commencement, inauguration, incipience, incipiency, initiation, launch, leadoff, opening, origination, start.