inchoative[in kō′ə tiv]
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- Rare inchoate (sense )
- Gram. expressing the beginning of an action; inceptive, as, in English, through the use of the auxiliary get (Ex.: “we got going early”)
Origin: LL incohativus
an inchoative verb or phrase
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- Beginning; initial.
- Grammar Of or being a verb or verbal form that designates the beginning of an action, state, or event, such as the Latin verb tumēscēre, “to begin to swell.”
- in·choˈa·tive noun
- in·choˈa·tive·ly adverb