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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.
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(ɪnˈkoʊ ə tɪv)
adj. n.
2. an inceptive verb.
[1520–30; < Late Latin inchoātīvum (verbum) inceptive (verb)]
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Used to describe a verb form that expresses a beginning.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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
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[ɪnˈkəʊətɪv] ADJ [aspect, verb] → incoativo
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The English suffix -en can provide some examples of this, forming causative or inchoative verbs from adjectives or nouns such as sharpen and heighten, as well as adjectives such as golden or woolen.
The cultural goals of "CR.M," as depicted by MAXXI's local collaborators at the Sursock Museum, is to carry "out a rigorous, albeit inchoative and unthorough analysis of the close link between classical tradition and the artistic research conducted by some leading exponents of contemporary Italian art." Who could say no to "rigorous, inchoative and unthorough analysis?"
[beaucoup moins que]Amazigh[beaucoup plus grand que] est un travail sur toute une identite authentique, inchoative et inscrite dans le temps.
inchoative alternation znaci operacija stvaranja neuzrocnih glagola od uzrocnih.
There are various means of impersonal presentation in English, such as agentless passive, nominalization, ed-participle, resultative, impersonal pronouns, inchoative, infinitive clauses, existentials, metonymy, etc.
Marrou refers to this eschatology as "inchoate" or "inchoative," in keeping with the words of the gospel: "The kingdom of God is within you." (52) This is an active waiting (which explains the use of images such as building a city or a temple, the development of the mystical body): "the notion of inchoateness, of progressive development, makes it possible to understand that while it is perfectly real, its Messianic character is still in process, infieri." (53)
Catholic education rests upon essential foundations, three of which include a pursuing Christian understanding of what constitutes humanity, creating an expression of community formed through communion and essential relationship (communio), and exemplifying and sustaining that inchoative understanding of communio by being a Gospel witness (Miller, 2006).
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) .
These verbs have been generally studied in connection with their (non)-participation in the causative / inchoative alternation (e.g., * The sun bloomed the roses / The roses bloomed).