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outset (n.)

"act of setting out on a journey, business, etc.; a beginning, a setting out," 1759, from out- + set (v.). The earlier word for this was outsetting (1670s).

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Definitions of outset

outset (n.)
the time at which something is supposed to begin;
Synonyms: beginning / commencement / first / get-go / start / kickoff / starting time / showtime / offset
From wordnet.princeton.edu