Pronunciation: (in-sep'tiv), [key]
1. beginning; initial.
2. Gram.(of a derived verb, or of an aspect in verb inflection) expressing the beginning of the action indicated by the underlying verb, as Latin verbs in -scō, which generally have inceptive force, as calēscō “become or begin to be hot” from caleō “be hot.”
1. the inceptive aspect.
2. a verb in this aspect.
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