American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Incipient; beginning.
- adj. Grammar Inchoative.
- n. Grammar An inchoative verb.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Beginning; starting; noting the initial point or step: as, an inceptive proposition; an inceptive verb (one that expresses the beginning of action).
- In mathematics, serving to initiate or produce: applied to such moments or first principles as, though of no magnitude themselves, are yet capable of producing results which are: thus, a point is inceptive of a line; a line, of a surface; and a surface, of a solid.
- n. That which begins or notes beginning, as a proposition or a verb. Also inchoative.
- adj. beginning; of or relating to inception
- adj. grammar aspectually inflected to show that the action is beginning
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Beginning; expressing or indicating beginning; ; -- called also
- n. An inceptive word, phrase, or clause.
- From the French inceptif, from the Latin inceptīvus, from incipiō ("I begin"). (Wiktionary)
“Because I spent a good two minutes weighing the pros and cons of each, I now realize that I was wholly taken advantage of by inceptive in the Christopher Nolan sense of the word marketing.”
“Little did I know that my Brooklyn born and bred future wife was also witnessing, 50 miles to the west of me, this inceptive conflagration paired to Christmas music.”
“The correct order is been seen (pre-recent), done seen (recent), did see (pre-present), do see (past inceptive).”
“As we have seen, Heidegger thinks that the tradition takes its bearing from the end of the inceptive beginning.”
“But Kant shows the limits of the mathematical prejudice and in doing so shows the limits of inceptive truth.”
“We recall that in the 1935 lecture course, Heidegger specified two requirements for the overcoming of the disjunction. a The first was to show the limits of its inceptive truth.”
“And this remark, be it observed, applies not merely to this first and inceptive attempt of mine, but to all that shall take the work in hand hereafter.”
“Bradshaw's notes on all five cases had dealt mainly with inceptive, corroborative and indicative evidence, but had only lightly touched on the non-forensic aspects of direct and circumstantial evidence.”
“Their inceptive Eden was soon invaded by a quarrelsome trio consisting of a licentious woman and two lovers whom she pitted, one against the other.”
“= 'If you had no intention of assisting me' -- the inceptive or conative imperfect (Woodcock 200).”
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