Definition of inception in English:

inception

noun

  • The establishment or starting point of an institution or activity.

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

Late Middle English: from Latin inceptio(n-), from incipere ‘begin’.

Pronunciation

inception

/ɪnˈsɛpʃ(ə)n//inˈsepSH(ə)n/