Complete Definition of "inchoative"

English

Etymology
From inchoate + adjective suffix -ive

Pronunciation
(US:)
IPA: /ɪnËkoÊÉtɪv/

Adjective
inchoative

  1. at the beginning, still in an unformed state

#*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;...

  1. grammar aspectually indicating that an action is soon to begin

#: Some languages with the inchoative aspect use the same inflection for the inceptive aspect. The inchoative aspect is often translated into English by "to be about [to do something]". See the w:Inchoative|Wikipedia article on inchoative aspect.

  1. grammar inflected in or relating to the inchoative aspect

Related terms
inchoate

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