AskDefine | Define incipient

Dictionary Definition

incipient adj : only partly in existence; imperfectly formed; "incipient civil disorder"; "an incipient tumor"; "a vague inchoate idea" [syn: inchoate]

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English

Etymology

From incipiens, present participle of incipio.

Pronunciation

  • /ɪnˈsɪp.i.ənt/
  • /In"sIp.I.@nt/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪpiənt

Adjective

  1. beginning, starting, coming into existence.
    After 500 years, incipient towns appeared.

Translations

beginning, starting
  • Dutch: beginnend
  • Finnish: alkava, orastava
  • French: incipient , incipiente ; commençant
  • German: einsetzend
  • Latin: incipiēns nominative, incipientis genitive
  • Polish: początkowy
  • Spanish: incipiente

Noun

  1. countable obsolete beginner
  2. uncountable grammar A verb tense of the Hebrew language.

Synonyms

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