Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

inceptive

[in-sep-tiv] /ɪnˈsɛp tɪv/
adjective
1.
beginning; initial.
2.
Grammar. (of a derived verb, or of an aspect in verb inflection) expressing the beginning of the action indicated by the underlying verb, as Latin verbs in -scō, which generally have inceptive force, as calēscō “become or begin to be hot” from caleō “be hot.”.
noun, Grammar.
3.
the inceptive aspect.
4.
a verb in this aspect.
Origin of inceptive
1605-1615
From the Late Latin word inceptīvus, dating back to 1605-15. See incept, -ive
Related forms
inceptively, adverb
uninceptive, adjective
uninceptively, adverb
Synonyms
1. inchoative, embryonic, nascent.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for inceptive
Historical Examples
  • What is the value of an inceptive axis with relation to the unity of a design?

    Industrial Arts Design William H. Varnum
  • Where should the point of concentration be located upon the inceptive axis?

    Industrial Arts Design William H. Varnum
  • These usually have Inchoative or inceptive meaning (see 155, 1).

    New Latin Grammar Charles E. Bennett
  • This author looks upon circumcision as of purely climatic origin in its inceptive causes.

  • How should the units be drawn to be in harmony with the inceptive axis, the contours, and to each other?

    Industrial Arts Design William H. Varnum
  • State the relation between the point of concentration and the inceptive axis.

    Industrial Arts Design William H. Varnum
  • Figure 206 shows a design varied from formal balance over a central axis of symmetry or an inceptive axis.

    Industrial Arts Design William H. Varnum
  • It is only necessary to have this inceptive axis pass through the enrichment zone of the panel.

    Industrial Arts Design William H. Varnum
  • Free ornament for partly or fully enriched surfaces should be based and centered upon an inceptive axis of the structure.

    Industrial Arts Design William H. Varnum
  • Note how the center line of both units in Figures 225 and 226 coincides with the inceptive axis of the structure.

    Industrial Arts Design William H. Varnum
British Dictionary definitions for inceptive

inceptive

/ɪnˈsɛptɪv/
adjective
1.
beginning; incipient; initial
2.
(grammar) Also called inchoative. denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages used to indicate the beginning of an action
noun
3.
(grammar)
  1. the inceptive aspect of verbs
  2. a verb in this aspect
Derived Forms
inceptively, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for inceptive
adj.

1650s, from French inceptif (16c.), from Latin incept-, past participle stem of incipere "to begin" (see inception).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for inceptive

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for inceptive

0
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for inceptive