- 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
Related Words for inchoateamorphous, elementary, embryonic, formless, immature, imperfect, incipient, preliminary, rudimentary, shapeless, unfinished, unformed, inceptive, unshaped, nascent
Examples from the Web for inchoate
Contemporary Examples of inchoate
Their inchoate fury lumped together anger at same-sex marriage, at foreigners and at “the system.”America’s Ambassadors of Hate
February 4, 2014
Though blurred, the economic divide was still manifest, although all of them seemed to feel strong, if inchoate, political fervor.Revolt in the Middle East: Is Jordan Next?
Rebecca Davis O'Brien
January 30, 2011
William Morris is so inchoate that you can't even really describe their culture.Hollywood's Coming Culture Clash
March 25, 2009
Historical Examples of inchoate
With obliterating unconcern, she reduced them to the fluidity of the inchoate.The Paliser case
Some of our critics in reviewing the original work have pronounced it 'inchoate.'Researches on Cellulose
C. F. Cross
It is, as you may choose to call it, an inchoate poem or the débris of a poem.Poetry for Poetry's Sake
A. C. Bradley
The liability to contribute is inchoate only when the sacrifice has been made.
He somewhere, however, calls Gregorian an "inchoate science."Cardinal Newman as a Musician
- 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 for inchoate
Word Origin and History for inchoate
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.