One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or marking the beginning of something; initial.‘the inceptive period of the program’
beginning, opening, commencing, starting, embryonic, fledglingView synonyms
- ‘Skinner's Original Pirate Material isn't inceptive but inventive, and he's asking for the same from more of his contemporaries.’
- ‘Up to now, the inceptive style of Chicano performance art has typically been identified with Luis Valdez's Teatro Campesino.’
- ‘And this is also true of the person who relies for his inceptive right upon a filing.’
- ‘And of course the most outstanding example of an inceptive cyborg where mind and matter are linked into one functional device is a living biological system.’
- ‘After quick cooling down, the inceptive sunshade curtain is set to a curled finished sunshade curtain.’
- 1.1Grammar (of a verb) expressing the beginning of an action.
- ‘Many of the most frequently used verbs in English are merely inceptive variants of other common verbs.’
- ‘This same phrase is repeated later in but with an inceptive prefix emphasizing the inchoative sense.’
- ‘In colloquial use, this affix may be appended to the inceptive copulas and to verbs as well, though this is considered uneducated.’
An inceptive verb.
- ‘These verbs are in the literature referred to as ‘inceptives’.’
- ‘The logical subject was marked nominative with intransitives, inceptives and verbs of motion.’
Early 17th century (as a noun): from late Latin inceptivus, from incept- ‘begun’, from the verb incipere.
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