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[in-sep-tiv] /ɪnˈsɛp tɪv/

beginning; initial.
Grammar. (of a derived verb, or of an aspect in verb inflection) expressing the beginning of the action indicated by the underlying verb, as Latin verbs in -scō, which generally have inceptive force, as calēscō “become or begin to be hot” from caleō “be hot.”.
noun, Grammar.
the inceptive aspect.
a verb in this aspect.
beginning; incipient; initial
(grammar) Also called inchoative. denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages used to indicate the beginning of an action


1650s, from French inceptif (16c.), from Latin incept-, past participle stem of incipere “to begin” (see inception).


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