[in-sip-ee-uh nt] /ɪnˈsɪp i ənt/

beginning to exist or appear; in an initial stage:
an incipient cold.
just starting to be or happen; beginning

1660s, from Latin incipientem (nominative incipiens), present participle of incipere “begin, take up,” from in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + -cipere, comb. form of capere “to take” (see capable).


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