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incipiency

or in·cip·i·ence

[in-sip-ee-uh n-see or in-sip-ee-uh ns]
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noun
  1. the state or condition of being incipient.
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Origin of incipiency

First recorded in 1810–20; incipi(ent) + -ency
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Historical Examples

  • Yet this conceit in its incipiency, he knew not how to account for.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities

    Herman Melville

  • If this abolition movement is not stopped in its incipiency, it will soon get beyond all control.

    The Brothers' War

    John Calvin Reed

  • And what seemed to be a disagreeable affair in its incipiency terminated most agreeably.

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

  • Almost every case of effemination or viraginity can be cured if recognized and treated in its incipiency.