not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.
just begun; incipient.
not organized; lacking order: an inchoate mass of ideas on the subject.
- in·cho·ate·ly, adverb
- in·cho·ate·ness, noun
- inchoate , innate
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How to use inchoate in a sentence
The metaverse is inchoate enough as a concept for just about anyone to seem like they know what they’re doing, regardless of whether they actually do.As hiring in the metaverse ramps up, experts caution against working with snake oil salesmen | Alexander Lee | November 22, 2021 | Digiday
At these basal layers, beneath even emotions and moods, there lies a cognitively subterranean, inchoate, difficult-to-describe experience of simply being a living organism.
Yet, despite its inchoate state and potential dismissal by other browsers, the method has been added not just to specs for digital ad techniques but for a variety of potential web standards.Google’s vague privacy cure-all is showing up in new proposals, but some say it could break the internet | Kate Kaye | August 30, 2021 | Digiday
Previously, I had imagined each of my fetuses as a sort of generic polliwog inside me, inchoate and more or less benign, or at least not yet capable of mocking my choice of walking shoes.Moms: You shaped your children, but the reverse is true, too — down to your very cells | Abigail Tucker | May 6, 2021 | Washington Post
Their inchoate fury lumped together anger at same-sex marriage, at foreigners and at “the system.”
Yet the show has gotten a deal of negative criticism for being inchoate, unselective, too rambling, and uneven.A New Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum Puts a Modern Face on Chinese Art | Melik Kaylan | January 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But more often than not, the terrible beatings rained down on them for no reason other than sheer inchoate rage.
Though blurred, the economic divide was still manifest, although all of them seemed to feel strong, if inchoate, political fervor.
William Morris is so inchoate that you can't even really describe their culture.
The specimen shown in fig. 51 contains four perfect Swastikas and two inchoate and uncertain.The Swastika | Thomas Wilson
He was as awkward in displaying that inchoate theatre as a newly-made father with his first-born.The Regent | E. Arnold Bennett
But the time came when equally inchoate ideas of his own manhood led him to grow cool.In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim | Frances Hodgson Burnett
The result was the second stage, which my enemies call inchoate and I call Impressionism.The Life of James McNeill Whistler | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
In the inchoate phase of their development they are but different aspects of the same general facts of social structure.The Theory of the Leisure Class | Thorstein Veblen
British Dictionary definitions for inchoate
just beginning; incipient
undeveloped; immature; rudimentary
(of a legal document, promissory note, etc) in an uncompleted state; not yet made specific or valid
- inchoately, adverb
- inchoateness, noun
- inchoation, noun
- inchoative (ɪnˈkəʊətɪv), adjective
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