[ ahb i-nit-ee-oh; English ab i-nish-ee-oh ]
/ ɑb ɪˈnɪt iˌoʊ; English æb ɪˈnɪʃ iˌoʊ /
from the beginning.
English Words From The PharaohsMost people recognize Ancient Greek and Latin as the primary donors to the English language. However, some of the most ancient words in English actually trace back to Ancient Egypt.
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The response now obtained was vigorous and was ab-initio positive.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
/ Latin (æb ɪˈnɪʃɪˌəʊ) /
from the start; from scratchab 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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