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[in-sep-shuh n] /ɪnˈsɛp ʃən/
beginning; start; commencement.
  1. the act of graduating or earning a university degree, usually a master's or doctor's degree, especially at Cambridge University.
  2. the graduation ceremony; commencement.
(in science fiction) the act of instilling an idea into someone's mind by entering his or her dreams.
Origin of inception
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English incepcion < Latin inceptiōn- (stem of inceptiō), equivalent to incept(us) begun (see incept) + -iōn- -ion
Can be confused
concept, conception, inception.
1. origin, outset, source, root, conception. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inception
  • Celebrities have walked the gallery's halls from its inception.
  • Roger was being a bit hyperbolic when he claimed to have entered practically all of the contests since its inception.
  • It is the inherent right of the new life to have its inception in such physical ground, in such spiritual atmosphere.
  • Since the inception of the national marine park, the recovery is simply astounding.
  • He has led the development of commercial human spaceflight and the space tourism industry since its inception.
  • The shuttle was much more expensive than anyone anticipated at its inception.
  • Since my article's inception, half of us have changed our research interests.
  • The three sports that have been under their watchful eye since the report's inception continue to post higher marks every year.
  • The actual project has been underfunded, quite seriously, almost since its inception.
  • Sample size in particular was a prime concern for us from the inception of the study.
British Dictionary definitions for inception


the beginning, as of a project or undertaking
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Word Origin and History for inception

early 15c., "beginning, starting," from Middle French incepcion and directly from Latin inceptionem (nominative inceptio) "a beginning, undertaking," noun of action from past participle stem of incipere "begin, take in hand," from in- "in, on" (see in- (2)) + cipere comb. form of capere "take, seize" (see capable).

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