[ in-koh-it, -eyt or, especially British, in-koh-eyt ]
/ ɪnˈkoʊ ɪt, -eɪt or, especially British, ˈɪn koʊˌeɪt /
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not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.
just begun; incipient.
not organized; lacking order: an inchoate mass of ideas on the subject.



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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
in·cho·ate·ly, adverbin·cho·ate·ness, noun
inchoate , innate
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British Dictionary definitions for inchoate


adjective (ɪnˈkəʊeɪt, -ˈkəʊɪt)

just beginning; incipient
undeveloped; immature; rudimentary
(of a legal document, promissory note, etc) in an uncompleted state; not yet made specific or valid

verb (ɪnˈkəʊeɪt) (tr)

to begin
inchoately, adverbinchoateness, nouninchoation, nouninchoative (ɪnˈkəʊətɪv), adjective
C16: from Latin incohāre to make a beginning, literally: to hitch up, from in- ² + cohum yokestrap
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