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incipient

adjective

Definition: in the beginning of development or formation

Synonyms: nascent, initial, beginning, inchoate, budding

Antonyms: developed, finished

Tips: Incipient comes from the Latin incipere, "to undertake or begin." Something described as incipient is in its beginning stages of development. Incipient is synonymous with nascent. See further analysis at nascent.

Usage Examples:

His ideas were still incipient and vague; he needed to develop them more thoroughly. (initial, inchoate)

With the economy showing incipient signs of recovery, consumers are regaining their confidence in the stock market. (initial, beginning)

The project is still in its incipient stage, so we can still change the plans if necessary. (beginning, nascent)

Democracy is incipient in the Middle East; give it some time to take hold. (just beginning)


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