Definitions

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  • n. A beginning or origin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act of beginning; commencement; inception.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of beginning; inception; rudimentary state.

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Examples

  • Indeed, this means of life is our life, as to the inchoation of it here below, and its daily growing up unto perfection.

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • Moreover the gifts both perfect us in this life by way of inchoation, and will be fulfilled, as stated above

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • Each of these visions of God belongs to the gift of understanding; the first, to the gift of understanding in its state of perfection, as possessed in heaven; the second, to the gift of understanding in its state of inchoation, as possessed by wayfarers.

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • Each advance in human knowledge should then be an infinitesimal approach towards the supreme comprehension; and the aspiring race of man is justified in that inchoation of long hope which is folly to the single life.

    Apologia Diffidentis

  • True, there was a little stir -- a little abiding of shepherds in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night -- a little buzzing in knots of men waiting to be hired before the daybreak -- a little stealthy movement as of a burglar or two here and there -- an inchoation of life.

    The Note-Books of Samuel Butler

  • They could be met at the fashionable summer resorts; they were effulgent on first nights; they were familiar in Kearney Street on other afternoons than Saturday, and their little world was gay in its way; but Society, that exclusive body which owned its inchoation and later its vitality and coherence to that brilliant and elegant little band of women who came, capable and experienced, to the fevered ragged city of the early Fifties, still struggled in the Eighties to preserve its traditions, and did not admit the existence of these people; feminine curiosity was not even roused to the point of discussion.

    The Californians

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