Choate

[choht]

noun

Joseph Hodges,1832–1917, U.S. lawyer and diplomat.
Rufus,1799–1859, U.S. lawyer, orator, and statesman.

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choate

adj.

"finished, complete," mistaken back-formation from inchoate (q.v.) as though that word contained in- "not." First attested 1878 in letter from Oliver Wendell Holmes lamenting barbarisms in legal case writing (he said he found choate in a California report).

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