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



BrE BrE//ɪnˈkəʊətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkoʊətɪv//
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(of verbs) expressing a change of state that happens on its own. Opened in the door opened is an example of an inchoative verb. compare causative, ergative
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inchoative