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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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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.
Really affected arguments: Datives in causatives and inchoatives and other bi-eventive configurations.
Second, cross-linguistic comparison also shows that other languages often distinguish inchoatives and causatives by derivational morphology.
Data from Czech show that this kind of "se" is structurally different from the non-alternating "se" of anticausative inchoatives as in (1) and reflexives as in (2): Czech marks its equivalent as dative ("si" rather than "se") in similar structures, as can be seen in (17), whereas anticausative inchoatives, as in (19), and reflexives, as in (18), are unmarked.
Among the argument constraints involved, he points at the central role of effectors and postulates the agent-causer blocking constraint--improving Levin's proposal--and the cause expletivization constraint, by which inchoatives participating in the causative/inchoative alternation retain part of their causative value.
Frequentative derivatives can be used to create other derivatives, such as the inchoatives in the old data.
La oo des formes inchoatives cotoient les flux informes qui leur donnent naissance.
A partir de 1920, il semble que << l'armoire au possibles >>, selon l'expression ironique de Bergson, se referme, et que la notion de possible ellememe change : les romans, dans leur majorite, semblent << se decroche[r] d'une pensee du temps comme milieu des actions, des projets, des modalites inchoatives de la conscience, et de l'appui sur une vision "tensive" de la narration.
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.
In sum, we may suppose a lexical redundancy rule which creates intransitives from transitives inchoatives by: (A) rnorphologically adding se, (B) assigning the object's setectional restrictions to the subject, (C) adding the intransitive feature specification [-- NP], (D) changing the polarity of the semantic feature [+causative] to minus.
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.
Inchoatives and middles can be characterized in the following way: