Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A beginner; one in the rudiments.
  • n. One who is on the point of taking a Master of Arts degree at an English university.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A beginner; one in the rudiments.
  • n. One who is on the point of taking the degree of master of arts at an English university.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A beginner; one who is in the rudiments.
  • n. One who is about to take the degree of master of arts at an English or other old university, having fulfilled all the conditions.

Etymologies

Latin (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman, on the second failed test of a U.S. missile inceptor -- the first step toward constructing the controversial $36 billion nationalantiballistic-missile-defense system "There are a lot of young staff who mistakenly think that they are working just by sitting at their keyboards all day long."

    Perspectives

  • From a notice of the year 1432 it transpires that the bedels received one-twelfth of all fines inflicted for misdemeanours; and, in 1434, prior to the admission of inceptors, the Chancellor announced that each inceptor would be required to pay the ordinary fee of thirty shillings and a pair of buckskin gloves for each bedel, or, in lieu of gloves, five shillings to be divided among the bedels.

    The Customs of Old England

  • From every inceptor the bedels were entitled to a gratuity of twenty shillings and a pair of buckskin gloves, or an equivalent sum of money; and inceptors whose income amounted to forty pounds a year were compelled to feast all the Regent Masters or forfeit twenty marks to the

    The Customs of Old England

  • This could be readily reasoned out at a glance; but, where could Teddy be, the striker of the match, the inceptor of all the mischief?

    Teddy The Story of a Little Pickle

  • He was profoundly uneasy about Mary, but at the same time immeasurably angered by the trick played upon him -- angered not so much against Jeekes as against the sallow-faced man whom he recognized as its inceptor.

    The Yellow Streak

  • It was my desire as Acting Chairman of the Committee that the movement should carry at all times the banner bearing the name of its inceptor, a name that would always suggest not failure but success.

    Memories of Jane Cunningham Croly

  • Six year later he was inceptor of the CASA project, that turned into the IPO of Allreal Holding AG.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman on the second failed test of a U.S. missile inceptor -- the first step toward constructing the controversial $36 billion national antiballistic-missile defense system "If you asked me, life or death, 'You've got to tell me how big the tax cut is that George is proposing,' I couldn't tell you.

    Perspectives

  • a view of the enterprise, that Fritz's original opinion in favour of it became confirmed, and he entered upon the preparations for the expedition with even greater zest than Eric, its first inceptor and propounder.

    Fritz and Eric The Brother Crusoes

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