Definition of inception in US 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’
    • ‘Twenty two others have tried going back to the inception of the tournament a decade ago and all have failed.’
    • ‘From inception, technology and technological change have been central to radio and television.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Photography and fakery have gone hand in hand since the inception of the medium.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The investment would be in two European options with the same inception and maturity dates.’
    • ‘At the inception of the welfare state, people were prepared to believe that the government would look after them in old age.’
    • ‘Ever since the inception of this great competition Munster have come into their own.’
    • ‘Since the inception of the mandate, freedom of religious worship has been protected by law.’
    • ‘With respect to the inception of the right to life, this is generally taken as being the time of birth.’
    • ‘Government from the very inception was reluctant to define and characterise the problem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This will be the highest level at which Ilkley have competed in league rugby since the inception of league rugby many years ago.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/inˈsepSH(ə)n//ɪnˈsɛpʃ(ə)n/