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Friday, January 25, 2002


\in-SIP-ee-uhnt\ , adjective;
Beginning to exist or appear.
Also, improved diagnostic techniques can alert individuals to incipient illnesses.
-- James Flanigan, "Patients' Rights and Health-Care Costs Are Expanding Together", Los Angeles Times, May 2, 1999
Shiv gradually became aware that he was onto something big, bigger than anything he had ever done before. He was nudged by an incipient awareness that perhaps it was even too big for him.
-- Ken Kalfus, Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies
She sighed for him; so young, and yet so passé, and with an incipient beer belly.
-- Shena MacKay, The Artist's Widow
Sir George devoted much of his energies to worrying about money and was preoccupied by thoughts of his incipient pauperdom.
-- Philip Ziegler, Osbert Sitwell
Incipient is derived from Latin incipere, "to undertake, to begin" (literally "to take in"), from in-, "in" + capere, "to take." It is related to inception, "beginning, commencement."
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