[ in-sip-ee-uhn-see ]
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  1. the state or condition of being incipient.

Origin of incipiency

First recorded in 1810–20; incipi(ent) + -ency
  • Also in·cip·i·ence [in-sip-ee-uhns] /ɪnˈsɪp i əns/ .

Words Nearby incipiency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use incipiency in a sentence

  • The argument, I mean, which is drawn from the difficulty of accounting for the incipiency of complex structures.

    Evolution, Old & New | Samuel Butler
  • He would crush this disaffection in its incipiency, would vindicate himself and strengthen the cause at one and the same time.

    The Octopus | Frank Norris
  • The law provided penalty for the deed; the gospel rebuked the evil passion in its incipiency.

    Jesus the Christ | James Edward Talmage
  • Those who supported the idea in its incipiency always urged the necessity of employing Negroes in the army.

  • The volunteer recruiting in Canada, in its incipiency, while resultful, was soon found to be not adequate.