inchoative

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Etymology[edit]

Latin inchoativus, incohativus: compare French inchoatif.

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inchoative (not comparable)

  1. At the beginning, still in an unformed state.
    • W. Montagu
      Some inchoative or imperfect rays.
    • 1858, Thomas Carlyle, History Of Friedrich II Of Prussia
      Our first Piece is of Winter, or late Autumn, 1771,—while the solution of the Polish Business is still in its inchoative stages; …
  2. (grammar) Aspectually indicating that an action is soon to begin.
  3. (grammar) Inflected in or relating to the inchoative aspect.

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