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incipient - vocabulary

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adjective

Beginning to appear or exist, in an initial stage, as in an incipient disease.

[Brent] Scowcroft predicted "an incipient civil war" would grip Iraq and said the best hope for pulling the country from chaos would be to turn the U.S. operation over to NATO or the United Nations—which, he said, would not be so hostilely viewed by Iraqis.

—Dana Priest and Robin Wright “Scowcroft Skeptical Vote Will Stabilize Iraq” Washington Post, January 7, 2005

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