- not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.
- just begun; incipient.
- not organized; lacking order: an inchoate mass of ideas on the subject.
Origin of inchoate
Examples from the Web for inchoately
What is revealed as the ideal in man may be inchoately manifested as instinct in the undeveloped consciousness of the animal.Evolution
Frank B. Jevons
All knowledge was in the non-scientific form, or only fragmentarily and inchoately adjusted.Theoretical Ethics
Wintour, the free-born gentleman, and Thomas Winter, the inchoately attainted traitor.The Gunpowder Plot and Lord Mounteagle's Letter
Henry Hawkes Spink Jr.
- just beginning; incipient
- undeveloped; immature; rudimentary
- (of a legal document, promissory note, etc) in an uncompleted state; not yet made specific or valid
- to begin
Word Origin and History for inchoately
1530s, from Latin inchoatus, past participle of inchoare, alteration of incohare "to begin," originally "to hitch up," from in- "on" (see in- (2)) + cohum "strap fastened to the oxen's yoke." Related: Inchoative.