ab initio

[ ahb i-nit-ee-oh; English ab i-nish-ee-oh ]
/ ɑb ɪˈnɪt iˌoʊ; English æb ɪˈnɪʃ iˌoʊ /
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adverb Latin.

from the beginning.

Nearby words

  1. aave,
  2. ab,
  3. ab aeterno,
  4. ab esse,
  5. ab extra,
  6. ab intra,
  7. ab origine,
  8. ab ovo,
  9. ab urbe condita,
  10. ab-

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British Dictionary definitions for ab initio

ab initio

/ Latin (æb ɪˈnɪʃɪˌəʊ) /

from the start; from scratchab initio courses
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Word Origin and History for ab initio

ab initio

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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