Definition of inception in English:



  • [in singular] The establishment or starting point of an institution or activity.

    ‘she has been on the board since its inception two years ago’
    • ‘Since inception, the people in the group have taken their task most seriously.’
    • ‘Muslim influx and influence in India started almost at the inception of the religion.’
    • ‘Most obviously Picasso at the inception of Cubism and either late Malevitch or Picabia.’
    • ‘From inception, technology and technological change have been central to radio and television.’
    • ‘This will be the highest level at which Ilkley have competed in league rugby since the inception of league rugby many years ago.’
    • ‘At the inception of the welfare state, people were prepared to believe that the government would look after them in old age.’
    • ‘This event was a huge success and has grown enormously since its inception 12 years ago.’
    • ‘Twenty two others have tried going back to the inception of the tournament a decade ago and all have failed.’
    • ‘I did not accede to that application at the inception of the hearing or when I reconsidered it later.’
    • ‘Sometimes the comparison will reveal a loss from the inception of the loan transaction.’
    • ‘Since the inception of the mandate, freedom of religious worship has been protected by law.’
    • ‘Ever since the inception of this great competition Munster have come into their own.’
    • ‘The Board since its inception has taken up every issue that confronts the community.’
    • ‘Government from the very inception was reluctant to define and characterise the problem.’
    • ‘With respect to the inception of the right to life, this is generally taken as being the time of birth.’
    • ‘Next Friday sees the first anniversary of the inception of this desultory philippic.’
    • ‘The investment would be in two European options with the same inception and maturity dates.’
    • ‘Photography and fakery have gone hand in hand since the inception of the medium.’
    • ‘As is noted, this is the first report to be produced after the inception of the scheme.’
    • ‘Some of those involved at the inception of the lottery admit mistakes have been made.’
    establishment, institution, foundation, founding, formation, initiation, setting up, origination, constitution, inauguration, opening
    beginning, start, starting point, outset
    birth, dawn, genesis, origin, rise
    debut, day one
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Late Middle English: from Latin inceptio(n-), from incipere begin.