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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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He concludes that "the conceptual structures underlying decausatives and nonalternating inchoatives as burst prove to be identical" (Hartl, this issue).
Thus the conceptual structures underlying decausatives and non-alternating inchoatives as burst prove to be identical Finally, the regularities behind the alternation are defined.
Le appears with event verb constellations, which we take to include inchoatives.
Ingressives focus on the initial endpoint of an event: inchoatives locus on the coming about of a state.
S[hat{k}]elo-presents are widely distributed in Indo-European, and the Anatolian evidence makes it certain that they were originally iteratives, particularly to punctual or telic roots, although there is also evidence, certainly from Italic, that they could also be inchoatives as well (cf.
Spanish inchoatives and the semantics of split intransitivity.
A different kind of test would involve searching for the relevant verbs in a large corpus and seeing whether the hypothesized cognitive markedness also has correlated frequency effects, with the lower numbers occurring more frequently as inchoatives, the higher numbers more frequently as causatives.
If it is the case that the original Uralic pattern preferred causative pairings, then it is possible that the Hungarian preference for equipollent pairings represents a compromise between this pattern (whence the morpheme marking the causative member of the pair) and the typical European pattern (whence the morpheme marking the inchoative member of the pair), but this must for now remain a speculation to be tested in future research.
Frequentative derivatives can be used to create other derivatives, such as the inchoatives in the old data.
Des reponses et questions inachevees et inchoatives qui tracent des chemins de reflexions qui menent a la paix, la democratie, la citoyennete et la mise en pratique des valeurs humaines.
Inchoative and positional stems take distinct causative morphemes -kVns/-kVnt (where the vowel V depends on the stem vowel and realization of the dental as /s/ or /t/ is in free variation); however, the semantics of these processes is identical to the semantics of the -s-causativization of inactives.
There are two further important changes: (a) from reflexive to progressive, shown in (3), and (b) from inchoative to reflexive, shown in (4).