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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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in an inchoative or rudimentary fashion; initially
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Can one imagine a "mechanism" of salvation, i.e., imagine something at least inchoatively susceptible of empirical verification, that both remains within the trajectory of Christian theology and my own Roman Catholic doctrinal and ecclesial allegiance, and that also begins to explain or at least point toward this mystery?
In short, humankind at the beginning of the Third Millennium is leaving behind the from-the-beginning "Age of Monologue" and inchoatively entering the "Age of Global Dialogue."
That is, lachelte/smiled in the first sentence is interpreted inchoatively, marking the beginning of a state that ends by 'his' becoming gloomy; and wieder/again will be deaccented, receiving a restitutive-like interpretation: the protagonist returns to his friendly mood.