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1. Of, relating to, or involving ingress.
2. Grammar Inchoative.
3. Linguistics Of or being a speech sound produced with an inhalation of breath.

in·gres′sive n.
in·gres′sive·ness n.
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1. of or concerning ingress
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) (of a speech sound) pronounced with an inhalation rather than exhalation of breath
(Phonetics & Phonology) an ingressive speech sound, such as a Zulu click
inˈgressiveness n
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(ɪnˈgrɛs ɪv)

1. of or pertaining to ingress.
2. (of a speech sound) produced with air being taken into the mouth, as some clicks.
in•gres′sive•ly, adv.
in•gres′sive•ness, n.
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