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Thursday, June 18

Incipient

[in-SIP-ee-ənt]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, late 16th century

1.

In an initial stage; beginning to happen or develop.

2.

(of a person) developing into a specified type or role.

Examples of Incipient in a sentence

"He could feel incipient excitement building up before his birthday."

"We started out as colleagues, but we're incipient friends."

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About Incipient

The meaning of incipient changes slightly, depending on if it's being used to describe a thing or a person. As a person: incipient means you have the potential to develop into the role. For a thing: it's in the early stages.

Did you Know?

This adjective got its start as a noun in the 16th century. Incipient meant a beginner. Today you could use novice, amateur, apprentice, initiate, or recruit as a noun for someone just starting out.

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