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adjective 
  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 aspect use the same inflection for the inceptive aspect. The 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 aspect
Etymology: From inchoate + adjective suffix -ive


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