from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Incipient; beginning.
- adj. Grammar Inchoative.
- n. Grammar An inchoative verb.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. beginning; of or relating to inception
- adj. aspectually inflected to show that the action is beginning
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Beginning; expressing or indicating beginning; ; -- called also inchoative.
- n. An inceptive word, phrase, or clause.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Beginning; starting; noting the initial point or step: as, an inceptive proposition; an inceptive verb (one that expresses the beginning of action).
- In mathematics, serving to initiate or produce: applied to such moments or first principles as, though of no magnitude themselves, are yet capable of producing results which are: thus, a point is inceptive of a line; a line, of a surface; and a surface, of a solid.
- n. That which begins or notes beginning, as a proposition or a verb. Also inchoative.
From the French inceptif, from the Latin inceptīvus, from incipiō ("I begin"). (Wiktionary)