Definitions for ab initioɑb ɪˈnɪt iˌoʊ; Eng. æb ɪˈnɪʃ iˌoʊ
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ab in•i•ti•o*ɑb ɪˈnɪt iˌoʊ; Eng. æb ɪˈnɪʃ iˌoʊ(adv.)
from the beginning.
Category: Foreign Term
initially, ab initio(adverb)
at the beginning
"at first he didn't notice anything strange"
From the time when a legal document comes into force.
Calculated from first principles, i.e. from basic laws without any further additional assumptions.
Taken with no prior qualifications.
Origin: * First attested in 1600.