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incipient

Definition:

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

incipience | incipiency

Comparative:

more incipient

Superlative:

most incipient

Similar to:

early

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • incipient civil disorder
  • an incipient tumor

Synonyms:

inchoate

Etymology:

(as a noun denoting a beginner): from Latin incipient- "undertaking, beginning",...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Incipit

a Latin word meaning "it begins". The incipit of a text, such as a poem, song, or book, is the first few words of its opening line. In music, it can also refer to the opening notes of a musical composition. Before the development of titles, texts were ... (48 of 1125 words, 2 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

incipient | beginning [synonym] | incipience [derived] | incipiency [noun, derived]

just starting to be or happen; beginning (7 of 496 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/incipient

Merriam-Webster:

incipient | aborning [synonym] | budding [synonym] | inceptive [synonym] | inchoate [synonym] | nascent [synonym] | incipiently [adverb, related] | first [similar] | formative [similar] | ...

beginning to come into being or to become apparent (9 of 122 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/incipient

Oxford Dictionary:

incipient | incipience [derived] | incipiency [derived] | incipiently [derived]

beginning to happen or develop | [persons] developing into a specified type or role (13 of 84 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/incipient

New World Dictionary:

incipient | incipience [related] | incipiently [adverb, related]

in the first stage of existence; just beginning to exist or to come to notice (15 of 47 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/incipient

Macmillan British Dictionary:

incipient [formal]

just beginning to appear or develop (6 of 38 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/incipient

American Heritage Dictionary:

incipient | incipiency [noun, related] | incipience [noun, related] | incipiently [adverb, related]

Beginning to exist or appear (5 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/incipient

Wiktionary:

incipient | beginning [synonym, sense-specific] | commencing [synonym, sense-specific] | emerging [synonym, sense-specific] | starting [synonym, sense-specific] | beginner [synonym, sense-specific] | inceptor [synonym, sense-specific]

beginning, starting, coming into existence. | [countable, obsolete] beginner | [uncountable, grammar] A verb tense of the Hebrew language. (17 of 24 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/incipient

Random House Dictionary:

incipient

beginning to exist or appear; in an initial stage. (9 of 17 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/incipient

Cambridge Dictionary:

incipient [formal]

just beginning (2 of 11 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/incipient

Encarta Dictionary:

incipient

beginning to appear or develop (5 of 35 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620640​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

incipient

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (as a noun denoting a beginner): from Latin incipient- "undertaking, beginning", from the verb incipere, from in- "into, towards" + capere "take"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/incipient

Online Etymology:

incipient

First use: 1660s

Origin: Latin incipientem (nominative incipiens), present participle of incipere "begin, take up", from in- "on" + -cipere, ... (17 of 22 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=incipient

New World Dictionary:

incipient

Origin: Latin incipiens, present participle of incipere, to begin, literally, take up from in-, in, on + capere, to take: see "have"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/incipient

Collins Dictionary:

incipient

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin incipiēns, from incipere to begin, take in hand, from in-2 + capere to take

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/incipient

American Heritage Dictionary:

incipient

Origin: Latin incipiēns, incipient-, present participle of incipere, to begin; see "inception".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/incipient

Merriam-Webster:

incipient

First use: 1669

Origin: Latin incipient-, incipiens, present participle of incipere to begin

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/incipient

Wiktionary:

incipient

Origin: Latin incipiēns, present participle of incipiō ("begin").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/incipient

Encarta Dictionary:

incipient

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Latin incipient-, present participle of incipere "undertake" from capere "to take"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620640​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

incipient

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Collins Dictionary:

incipient

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www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/incipient

Macmillan British Dictionary:

incipient [formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "incipient"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/incipient

Macmillan American Dictionary:

incipient [formal]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

incipient [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "incipient"

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the Free Dictionary:

incipient

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Google Dictionary:

incipient

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

incipient

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YourDictionary Audio:

incipient

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