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ab initio

[ahb i-nit-ee-oh; English ab i-nish-ee-oh] /ɑb ɪˈnɪt iˌoʊ; English æb ɪˈnɪʃ iˌoʊ/
adverb, Latin.
from the beginning. Unabridged
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ab initio

/æb ɪˈnɪʃɪˌəʊ/
from the start; from scratch: ab initio courses
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c.1600, Latin, literally "from the beginning," from oblique case of initium "entrance, beginning," related to verb inire "to go into, enter upon, begin" (see initial).

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