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 inchoatus, past participle of inchoare, to begin, alteration of incohare : 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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