from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The condition of being incipient; beginning; commencement.

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

  • noun Beginning; commencement; incipient state.

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  • noun A beginning, or first stage

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  • noun beginning to exist or to be apparent


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Latin incipientia.


  • The original score, all a-throb with scary incipience, was composed by David Wingo.

    '50/50': Cheerful Illness Tale, With Relapses

  • Her teenage daughter, Mandy Ashley Rickards, is autistic, and that incipience can give way to utter chaos without warning.

    'Incendies' Burns With Mystery, Truth

  • In contrast to part 1, which was a ponderous exercise in stage-setting and dramatic incipience, this film, directed by David Yates and adapted by Steve Kloves, is a climax worthy of the term.

    Harry Potter and the Fantastic Finale

  • It is almost the contrary: signification has its incipience in transcendence; transcendence is the intersubjective quality of sensibility.

    Emmanuel Levinas

  • The situation's bad, hence the decision to increase the presence of U.S. and international forces in Baghdad, though not clear that alone will be enough to quell this incipience of a war.

    CNN Transcript Jul 26, 2006

  • He made Kaethe Gregorovius feel charming, meanwhile becoming increasingly restless at the all-pervading cauliflower — simultaneously hating himself too for this incipience of he knew not what superficiality.

    Tender is the Night

  • The sky had lightened a little, but the air was heavy with the incipience of a storm.

    Black Blade

  • Through the windows, he had seen sunlight streaking the Georgica Pond - the name a deliberate understatement typical of the local gentry, it being more the size of a lake - like pigment upon a painter's brush: there was a sense about the light of incipience, of colour that was not yet vivid, of an idea not yet formed.

    Black Blade

  • The sky could no longer be seen and the air had grown heavy and dank as if with the incipience of a storm.

    The Miko

  • Stile felt his heartbeat and respiratory rate increase with the incipience of this effort.

    Blue Adept


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