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inchoative (adj.)

1630s, "indicating beginning or inception;" see inchoate + -ive. Especially in grammar, of verbs, "denoting the beginning of action, inceptive," 1660s.

updated on November 04, 2015

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Definitions of inchoative from WordNet
1
inchoative (n.)
aspect with regard to the beginning of the action of the verb;
Synonyms: inchoative aspect
2
inchoative (adj.)
initial;
inchoative stages
Synonyms: inceptive
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