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incipient

[ in-sip-ee-uhnt ]
/ ɪnˈsɪp i ənt /
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adjective

beginning to exist or appear; in an initial stage: an incipient cold.

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Origin of incipient

1580–90; <Latin incipient- (stem of incipiēns, present participle of incipere to take in hand, begin), equivalent to in-in-2 + -cipi- (combining form of capi- take) + -ent--ent

OTHER WORDS FROM incipient

in·cip·i·ent·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH incipient

incipient , insipid, insipient
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British Dictionary definitions for incipient

incipient
/ (ɪnˈsɪpɪənt) /

adjective

just starting to be or happen; beginning

Derived forms of incipient

incipience or incipiency, nounincipiently, adverb

Word Origin for incipient

C17: from Latin incipiēns, from incipere to begin, take in hand, from in- ² + capere to take
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