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inchoate

[in-koh-it, -eyt or, esp. British, in-koh-eyt]
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adjective
  1. not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.
  2. just begun; incipient.
  3. not organized; lacking order: an inchoate mass of ideas on the subject.

Origin of inchoate

1525–35; < Latin inchoātus, variant of incohātus, past participle of incohāre “to begin, start work on,” perhaps equivalent to in- in-2 + coh(um) “hollow of a yoke into which the pole is fitted” + -ātus -ate1
Related formsin·cho·ate·ly, adverbin·cho·ate·ness, noun
Can be confusedinchoate innate
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Historical Examples

  • 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</p>

    Milton Valentine

  • Wintour, the free-born gentleman, and Thomas Winter, the inchoately attainted traitor.


British Dictionary definitions for inchoately

inchoate

adjective (ɪnˈkəʊeɪt, -ˈkəʊɪt)
  1. just beginning; incipient
  2. undeveloped; immature; rudimentary
  3. (of a legal document, promissory note, etc) in an uncompleted state; not yet made specific or valid
verb (ɪnˈkəʊeɪt) (tr)
  1. to begin
Derived Formsinchoately, adverbinchoateness, nouninchoation, nouninchoative (ɪnˈkəʊətɪv), adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin incohāre to make a beginning, literally: to hitch up, from in- ² + cohum yokestrap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for inchoately

inchoate

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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