- 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.
inchoate definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin inchoatus, incohatus, past participle of inchoare, incohare, to begin, origin, originally rural term “hitch up, harness” ; from in-, in plush cohum, the strap from plow beam to yoke ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kagh-, to hold, enclose from source hedge
inchoate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- In an initial or early stage; incipient.
- Imperfectly formed or developed: a vague, inchoate idea.
Origin: Latin inchoātus, past participle of inchoāre, to begin, alteration of incohāre : in-, in; see in-2 + cohum, strap from yoke to harness.
- in·choˈate·ly adverb
- in·choˈate·ness noun
inchoate - Legal Definition