inchoate

1. adjective /ɪnˈkəʊət,ɪnˈkəʊeɪt,ɪnˈkoʊət,ɪnˈkoʊeɪt/
a) Recently started but not fully formed yet; just begun; only elementary or immature.
b) Chaotic, disordered, confused; also, incoherent, rambling.
2. noun /ɪnˈkəʊət,ɪnˈkəʊeɪt,ɪnˈkoʊət,ɪnˈkoʊeɪt/
A beginning, an immature start.
3. verb /ɪnˈkəʊət,ɪnˈkəʊeɪt,ɪnˈkoʊət,ɪnˈkoʊeɪt/
a) To begin or start something.<!Not a definition of a verb: Taking initial steps.
b) To cause or bring about.
See Also: inchoated, inchoatedness, inchoation, inchoactive

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  • inchoate — in·cho·ate /in kō ət, iŋ kō ˌāt/ adj 1 a: not yet made complete, certain, or specific: not perfected see also inchoate lien at lien b: not yet transformed into actual use or possession until an emplo …   Law dictionary

  • inchoate — means ‘undeveloped’ or ‘just begun’ and is derived from the Latin word choare ‘to begin’: • It was obviously necessary that we should continue our still inchoate discussion over a drink D. M. Davin, 1975 • She is not allowed to express her real,… …   Modern English usage

  • Inchoate — In cho*ate, a. [L. inchoatus, better incohatus, p. p. of incohare to begin.] Recently, or just, begun; beginning; partially but not fully in existence or operation; existing in its elements; incomplete. {In cho*ate*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inchoate — In cho*ate, v. t. To begin. [Obs.] Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inchoate — (adj.) 1530s, from L. inchoatus, pp. of inchoare, alteration of incohare to begin, originally to hitch up, from in on (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + cohum strap fastened to the oxen s yoke. Related: Inchoative …   Etymology dictionary

  • inchoate — [adj] undeveloped, beginning amorphous, elementary, embryonic, formless, immature, imperfect, inceptive, incipient, just begun, nascent, preliminary, rudimentary, shapeless, unfinished, unformed, unshaped; concepts 485,578,797 Ant. developed,… …   New thesaurus

  • inchoate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not fully formed or developed; rudimentary. 2) confused or incoherent. DERIVATIVES inchoately adverb. ORIGIN from Latin inchoare, variant of incohare begin …   English terms dictionary

  • inchoate — [in kō′it, in kō′āt΄] adj. [L inchoatus, incohatus, pp. of inchoare, incohare, to begin, orig. rural term “hitch up, harness” < in , in + cohum, the strap from plow beam to yoke < IE base * kagh , to hold, enclose > HEDGE] 1. just begun; …   English World dictionary

  • Inchoate — A state of activity or entitlement that is characterized by partial completion of an intended outcome or status. The notion of inchoate comes into play most often in a legal sense, as it could refer to an inchoate transaction between two parties …   Investment dictionary

  • inchoate — [[t]ɪnko͟ʊɪt[/t]] ADJ If something is inchoate, it is recent or new, and vague or not yet properly developed. [FORMAL] His dreams were senseless and inchoate. ...the inchoate mood of dissatisfaction with all politicians. Syn: incoherent …   English dictionary

  • inchoate —    Probably because of the similarity in spelling to chaotic and in pronunciation to incoherent, people sometimes take the word to mean disorderly or disorganized. In fact it means incipient, undeveloped, just starting. An inchoate enterprise is… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

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