Definitions of incipient

  1. Incipiency. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  2. Beginning to be or to appear. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. Belonging to the first stages; beginning. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. Beginning. See Inception. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. Beginning; commencing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for incipient

  1. I accordingly, in some fear of my own and other people's fear, represented to the passengers that now, in a coach so hot and crowded, with a drawn sword on the coach- box piercing the very lightning, with the thunder- cloud hanging over us, and even with so many transpirations from incipient fear; in short, with such visible danger on every hand, they must absolutely fear nothing, if they would not, all and sundry, be smitten to death in a few minutes. – The Campaner Thal and Other Writings by Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
  2. But associated with those holding such doctrines were numerous reformers, whose chief offense consisted in their incipient Protestantism. – A Short History of Monks and Monasteries by Alfred Wesley Wishart