- The definition of inchoate is something that has just started or is partially begun, but that hasn't fully developed yet.
An example of something that would be described as inchoate is a new fledgling organization that has not yet developed all the way.
- just begun; in the early stages; incipient; rudimentary
- not yet clearly or completely formed or organized; disordered
- Law not yet completed or made effective; pending
Origin of inchoateClassical Latin inchoatus, incohatus, past participle of inchoare, incohare, to begin, origin, originally rural term “hitch up, harness” ; from in-, in + cohum, the strap from plow beam to yoke ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kagh-, to hold, enclose from source hedge
- Being in a beginning or early stage; incipient: “The country was developing an incipient national art, an inchoate national literature” (Jay Winik).
- Imperfectly formed or developed; disordered or incoherent: “A prophet must be a good public speaker, someone who can transform inchoate rage into eloquent diatribe” (David Leavitt).
Origin of inchoateLatin inchoātus, past participle of inchoāre, to begin, alteration of incohāre : in-, in; see in–2 + cohum, strap from yoke to harness.
(comparative more inchoate, superlative most inchoate)
(third-person singular simple present inchoates, present participle inchoating, simple past and past participle inchoated)
From Latin incohātus (“begun, unfinished”), perfect passive participle of incohō (“begin”).
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