The etymology from incipient takes us to incipiens, a Latin word. The concept is used to refer to what is just beginning .
The incipient, therefore, is giving its first steps and still, for reasons of weather , has not established itself or reached a significant level of development. For example: “I am worried about my incipient baldness”, “Our district, with a lot of effort, is beginning to have an incipient industrial sector that, as it grows, will generate thousands of jobs”, “The incipient dialogue between the two countries generates hope”.
Something incipient can develop successfully and move forward or, on the contrary, modify its course or truncate. Take the case of a woman who decides to start a venture focused on the sale of crafts. This person starts the budding project offering their products to family and friends. According to the impact you get, you are likely to decide to create new creations and expand your reach (with a job at a fair or renting a place, to name two possibilities) or, instead, give up the idea.
With the passage of time, the incipient always ceases to be. Take the case of two young people who start a relationship. In the first weeks or months, the link will be incipient and both will get to know each other in depth little by little. On the other hand, if they continue together over the years, the relationship It will have already consolidated. A four-year courtship or a decade-old marriage cannot be described as incipient.
It is interesting to highlight this nature linked to the passage of time that this adjective has, as well as many others among which are young, nascent, fresh, clean and updated, for example. Human beings tend to idealize individuals and things that matter most to us, and part of this idealization is to deny their deterioration , even if it is not unconsciously.
When we talk about our friends, for example, we describe them in a moment isolated from life, in a slice of its existence in which time does not advance, because in no way do we want to think that one day they will die or stop being by our side. Something similar, although with less intensity, happens with the objects we treasure: we don't stop to think that our newly purchased computer will one day stop turning on or become obsolete compared to other models.
In general, in our daily lives we do not stop to observe the consequences of the passage of time in others or in things, but that this phenomenon suddenly surprises us, with bad news, when old age is already stalking us. For this reason, we do not live the transition between the incipient, the recent and the old in a fluid way, but we get carried away by the experiences and live them to the fullest, until one day we are aware that "time has passed too quickly."
If we look for the term incipient In a dictionary of synonyms, we find some of those mentioned in the previous paragraphs, as well as others: first-time, embryonic, initial, beginner, new nascent and rudimentary. Regarding its most common antonym, we can mention finish.
In short, it is correct to say that the incipient is "something that begins", that goes from not existing to existing in an obvious way and that goes through an inevitable process that is closely linked to the passage of time. Be it a sentimental relationship or a labor project, it is considered incipient for a few days, a few weeks or even a few months but then it becomes recent, old and, for one reason or another, it just .