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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Definitions for incipient

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

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Citations for incipient
So we glanced back--simultaneously, it would appear; though no doubt the incipient motion of one prompted the imitation of the other. H. P. Lovecraft, "At the Mountains of Madness," Astounding Stories, February–April 1936
Cities need blizzards every few years to flush out incompetents, expose incipient dysfunction and generally stress-test the fabric of civilization. Like war, illness and poker, snow ruthlessly reveals true character. David Dudley, "In Case of Blizzard, Do Nothing," New York Times, January 22, 2016
Origin of incipient
Incipient comes from incipient- the present participle stem of the Latin verb incipere meaning "to take in hand, begin." It entered English in the late 1600s.