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1. Incipient; beginning.
2. Grammar Inchoative.
Grammar An inchoative verb.
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1. beginning; incipient; initial
2. (Grammar) grammar Also called: inchoative denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages used to indicate the beginning of an action
(Grammar) grammar
a. the inceptive aspect of verbs
b. a verb in this aspect
inˈceptively adv
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(ɪnˈsɛp tɪv)

1. beginning; initial.
2. (of a verb form or aspect) expressing the beginning of the action indicated by the underlying verb, as Latin calēscō “become or begin to be hot” from caleō “be hot.”
3. the inceptive aspect.
4. a verb in this aspect.
[1605–15; < Late Latin inceptīvus. See incept, -ive]
in•cep′tive•ly, adv.
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Of, relating to, or occurring at the start of something:
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At this dim inceptive stage of the day Tess seemed to Clare to exhibit a dignified largeness both of disposition and physique, an almost regnant power, possibly because he knew that at that preternatural time hardly any woman so well endowed in person as she was likely to be walking in the open air within the boundaries of his horizon; very few in all England.
Franco Zeffirelli, who directed Jesus of Nazareth, was the man behind that inceptive tale of star-crossed lovers.
"I attended some of the inceptive meetings with my neighbours, where we discussed security, and it was agreed that we needed a guard.
13, except for the inceptive fragment and the load transients, the innovation term is approaching zero.
Language is an 'inceptive response' to the primordial call of our world; we speak as we are beckoned by the address/call of the world and drawn out from the silent depths of our Being.
The bioethics of protection arises, in particular, by considering specificities and shortcomings of the so-called "developing countries", but without forgetting that it can be implemented, mutatis mutandis, to the situation of the globalized world insofar as it is increasingly affected by a synergy of causes with a "catastrophic" effect, that is, a situation in which we live the emergence of humanity as almost subject; the inceptive understanding that own destiny is self-destruction; the birth of an absolute requirement: to avoid self-destruction (22).
Advances in scientific research showed great promise in inceptive apprehension of the natural thinking mechanism.
Their particular British perspective sees the United States as a magnificent part of a broader, particularly Anglo story, a part especially remarkable for its inceptive classical liberal ethos and constitutional system of divisions, brakes, and bindings on government power, and whose classical liberal character is, tragically, being destroyed, especially by Democrats and leftists generally.
learned, numerate [ChD], proliferate SV(vb/adv): multiply SV(n/adj): complex, contrary, furrier [CoD], incentive, inceptive,
Rather than relegating such rituals to obsolescence, however, the Gospel presents them as inceptive of a larger path of redemption that ultimately leads from death to life.
Appendix 3: Morphological glossing conventions IDU 1st person dual IPL 1st person plural 3SG 3rd person singular ABL ablative CAUS causative CER certain CNT continuous action DS different subject EMPH emphatic ERG ergative FRQ frequentative HAB habitant of HITH hither INCH inchoative INCP inceptive INST instrumental INT interrogative (...) postulated morpheme # word boundary = enclitic boundary - polysyllabic suffix boundary (independent prosodic word) + monosyllabic suffix boundary (part of preceding prosodic word) .