ab initio

[ahb i-nit-ee-oh; English ab i-nish-ee-oh]
adverb Latin.
from the beginning. Unabridged
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ab initio (æb ɪˈnɪʃɪˌəʊ)
from the start; from scratch: ab initio courses

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Word Origin & History

ab initio
c.1600, from L., lit. "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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