- beginning; start; commencement.
- the act of graduating or earning a university degree, usually a master's or doctor's degree, especially at Cambridge University.
- the graduation ceremony; commencement.
- (in science fiction) the act of instilling an idea into someone's mind by entering his or her dreams.
Origin of inception
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Examples from the Web for inception
And yet our country has redefined citizenship in some extraordinary ways since its inception.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship
December 15, 2014
And he has been involved in the Mind and Life Institute, the sponsor of the ISCS conference, from its inception.What If Meditation Isn’t Good for You?
November 1, 2014
Since its inception, Hamas has had close ties with Iran, but relations soured when civil war broke out in Syria.A Who’s Who of Iran’s Favorite Palestinian Terrorists
August 13, 2014
With the incredible surge in popularity of online dating since its inception, countless niche communities have popped up.Disabled Woman Tackles the Dating Site Trolls
August 1, 2014
As Gordon explained: “MPAC has had a significant impact on the development of this project from its inception.”For Muslims, Howard Gordon’s ‘Tyrant’ Is a Step in the Right Direction
June 24, 2014
I have been Chairman of this Company since its inception two-and-thirty years ago.Strife (First Series Plays)
These all commemorate, as it were, but the inception of the great discovery.
He had been eating, drinking and sleeping watchbird ever since its inception.Watchbird
Why should a novel about the Stock Exchange 'owe its inception' to a Highland lassie?The Right Stuff
It was this fact that destroyed the effort of the bear at the crisis of its inception.Two Boys in Wyoming
Edward S. Ellis
- the beginning, as of a project or undertaking
Word Origin and History for inception
early 15c., "beginning, starting," from Middle French incepcion and directly from Latin inceptionem (nominative inceptio) "a beginning, undertaking," noun of action from past participle stem of incipere "begin, take in hand," from in- "in, on" (see in- (2)) + cipere comb. form of capere "take, seize" (see capable).