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1. Beginning; initial.
2. Grammar Of or being a verb or verbal form that designates the beginning of an action, state, or event, such as the Latin verb tumēscēre, "to begin to swell."

in·cho′a·tive n.
in·cho′a·tive·ly adv.


(ɪnˈkoʊ ə tɪv)
adj. n.
2. an inceptive verb.
[1520–30; < Late Latin inchoātīvum (verbum) inceptive (verb)]


Used to describe a verb form that expresses a beginning.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inchoative - aspect with regard to the beginning of the action of the verb
aspect - the beginning or duration or completion or repetition of the action of a verb
Adj.1.inchoative - beginning to develop; "inchoative stages"
immature - not yet mature


[ɪnˈkəʊətɪv] ADJ [aspect, verb] → incoativo
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