Inchoate meaning

ĭn-kōĭt, -āt
Being in a beginning or early stage; incipient.
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Not yet clearly or completely formed or organized; disordered.
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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.

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Imperfectly formed or developed; disordered or incoherent.
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(law) Not yet completed or made effective; pending.
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Commenced but not completed, partially done, generally used in contract law to describe an undertaking which has been agreed upon, but as to which all necessary formalities (for example, signatures on the document) have not been completed.
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Recently started but not fully formed yet; just begun; only elementary or immature.
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Chaotic, disordered, confused; also, incoherent, rambling.
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(rare) A beginning, an immature start.
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To begin or start something.
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To cause or bring about.
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To make a start.
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Just begun; in the early stages; incipient; rudimentary.
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Origin of inchoate

  • Latin inchoātus past participle of inchoāre to begin alteration of incohāre in- in in–2 cohum strap from yoke to harness

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin incohātus (“begun, unfinished”), perfect passive participle of incohō (“begin”).

    From Wiktionary