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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."
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in•cho•a•tive(ɪnˈkoʊ ə tɪv)
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.
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|Noun||1.||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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