adjective /ɪnˈkəʊ.ə.tɪv,ɪnˈkoʊətɪv/
a) At the beginning, still in an unformed state.

Our first Piece is of Winter, or late Autumn, 1771,—while the solution of the Polish Business is still in its inchoative stages; …

b) Aspectually indicating that an action is soon to begin.

Some languages with the inchoative aspect use the same inflection for the inceptive aspect. The inchoative aspect is often translated into English by “to be about [to do something]”.

See Also: inchoate

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