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ab initio

[ahb i-nit-ee-oh; English ab i-nish-ee-oh] /ɑb ɪˈnɪt iˌoʊ; English æb ɪˈnɪʃ iˌoʊ/
adverb, Latin.
1.
from the beginning.
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ab initio

/æb ɪˈnɪʃɪˌəʊ/
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1.
from the start; from scratch: ab initio courses
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Word Origin and History for ab initio

c.1600, Latin, literally "from the beginning," from oblique case of initium "entrance, beginning," related to verb inire "to go into, enter upon, begin" (see initial).

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