- at the beginning, still in an unformed state
Etymology: From inchoate + adjective suffix -ive
- 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;...
- (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.
- (grammar) inflected in or relating to the aspect
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