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Definition of "inceptive" [in•cep•tive]

  • Incipient; beginning. (adjective)
  • Grammar Inchoative. (adjective)
  • Grammar An inchoative verb. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "inceptive" in a sentence
  • "Because I spent a good two minutes weighing the pros and cons of each, I now realize that I was wholly taken advantage of by inceptive in the Christopher Nolan sense of the word marketing."
  • "The correct order is been seen (pre-recent), done seen (recent), did see (pre-present), do see (past inceptive)."
  • "Little did I know that my Brooklyn born and bred future wife was also witnessing, 50 miles to the west of me, this inceptive conflagration paired to Christmas music."