Definition of incipient adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

incipient

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsɪpiənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsɪpiənt//
 
[usually before noun](formal)
 
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just beginning signs of incipient unrest Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a noun denoting a beginner): from Latin incipient- ‘undertaking, beginning’, from the verb incipere, from in- ‘into, towards’ + capere ‘take’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: incipient