incipient

[in-sip-ee-uhnt]
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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
Related formsin·cip·i·ent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedincipient insipid insipient

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Related Words for incipiently

basically, formerly, primitively, first, primarily, incipiently

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British Dictionary definitions for incipiently

incipient

adjective
  1. just starting to be or happen; beginning
Derived Formsincipience 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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Word Origin and History for incipiently

incipient

adj.

1660s, from Latin incipientem (nominative incipiens), present participle of incipere "begin, take up," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + -cipere, comb. form of capere "to take" (see capable).

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