incipient - beginning
The formal word ‘incipient’ refers to something, such as a situation or quality, that is just starting to happen or exist. It is important to note that this does not mean that the thing in question is inevitable as the term implies something that is still uncertain and/or fragile due to its infancy. Most commonly used in written English.
There are promising signs of an incipient economic recovery in the country after years of financial hardships.
Incipient public frustration and unrest will only continue to rise the longer the government’s lockdown is in place.
What we have at the moment is just an incipient idea. We will have time to flesh it out over the coming weeks and months.