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 for incipient
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Incipient \In*cip"i*ent\, a. [L. incipiens, p. pr. of incipere
     to begin. See Inception.]
     Beginning to be, or to show itself; commencing; initial; as,
     the incipient stage of a fever; incipient light of day. --
     In*cip"i*ent*ly, adv.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: only partly in existence; imperfectly formed; "incipient
             civil disorder"; "an incipient tumor"; "a vague inchoate
             idea" [syn: incipient, inchoate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  69 Moby Thesaurus words for "incipient":
     Lilliputian, Tom Thumb, abecedarian, aboriginal, antenatal,
     autochthonous, beginning, budding, creative, dumpy, dwarf, dwarfed,
     dwarfish, elemental, elementary, elfin, embryonic, fetal,
     formative, foundational, fundamental, gestatory, in embryo,
     in its infancy, in the bud, inaugural, inceptive, inchoate,
     inchoative, incunabular, infant, infantile, initial, initiative,
     initiatory, introductory, inventive, meager, midget, nanoid,
     nascent, natal, original, parturient, postnatal, pregnant,
     prenatal, primal, primary, prime, primeval, primitive, primogenial,
     procreative, pygmy, rudimental, rudimentary, runty, scraggy,
     scrubby, shriveled, shrunk, shrunken, squat, stunted, undersize,
     undersized, ur, wizened

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