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1. Being in a beginning or early stage; incipient: "The country was developing an incipient national art, an inchoate national literature" (Jay Winik).
2. Imperfectly formed or developed; disordered or incoherent: "A prophet must be a good public speaker, someone who can transform inchoate rage into eloquent diatribe" (David Leavitt).
[Latin inchoātus, past participle of inchoāre, to begin, alteration of incohāre : in-, in; see in-2 + cohum, strap from yoke to harness.]
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1. just beginning; incipient
2. undeveloped; immature; rudimentary
3. (Law) (of a legal document, promissory note, etc) in an uncompleted state; not yet made specific or valid
[C16: from Latin incohāre to make a beginning, literally: to hitch up, from in-2 + cohum yokestrap]
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in•cho•ate(ɪnˈkoʊ ɪt, -eɪt; esp. Brit. ˈɪn koʊˌeɪt)
1. not yet completed or fully developed.
2. just begun; incipient.
[1525–35; < Latin inchoātus, variant of incohātus, past participle of incohāre to begin, start work on]
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Past participle: inchoated
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|Adj.||1.||inchoate - only partly in existence; imperfectly formed; "incipient civil disorder"; "an incipient tumor"; "a vague inchoate idea"|
early - being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer"
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1. incipient, beginning, nascent, inceptive The dispute threatens to smash the inchoate government to fragments.
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adj (liter) → unausgeformt
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