Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Incipient; beginning.
  • adjective Grammar Inchoative.
  • noun Grammar An inchoative verb.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun That which begins or notes beginning, as a proposition or a verb. Also inchoative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An inceptive word, phrase, or clause.
  • adjective Beginning; expressing or indicating beginning; ; -- called also inchoative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective beginning; of or relating to inception
  • adjective grammar aspectually inflected to show that the action is beginning

Etymologies

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From the French inceptif, from the Latin inceptīvus, from incipiō ("I begin").

Examples

  • 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.

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  • The correct order is been seen (pre-recent), done seen (recent), did see (pre-present), do see (past inceptive).

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  • 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.

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  • The correct order is been seen (pre-recent), done seen (recent), did see (pre-present), do see (past inceptive).

    I don’t care if you don’t like it, it’s a fact « Motivated Grammar

  • As we have seen, Heidegger thinks that the tradition takes its bearing from the end of the inceptive beginning.

    enowning

  • But Kant shows the limits of the mathematical prejudice and in doing so shows the limits of inceptive truth.

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  • As we have seen, Heidegger thinks that the tradition takes its bearing from the end of the inceptive beginning.

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  • 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.

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  • But Kant shows the limits of the mathematical prejudice and in doing so shows the limits of inceptive truth.

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  • 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.

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  • "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."

    --Cent. Dict.

    October 23, 2012