What does the word incipient mean?

Usage examples for incipient

  1. He must let us see the decay and rise of great principles and conditions- till we look on a tottering sovereignty, a rising creed, an incipient war, as distinctly as, by turning to the highway, we can see the old man, the vigorous youth, or the infant child. – Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry by Thomas Davis Commentator: T. W. Rolleston
  2. Regarded in this light, no incipient goodness acquired in this life will ever die. – Love's Final Victory by Horatio
  3. If in this incipient condition, with a population of a few thousand, they should prematurely enter the Union, they are oppressed by the burden of State taxation, and the means necessary for the improvement of the Territory and the advancement of their own interests are thus diverted to very different purposes. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various