American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. In an initial or early stage; incipient.
- adj. Imperfectly formed or developed: a vague, inchoate idea.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To begin.
- Recently or just begun; incipient; in a state of incipiency; hence, elementary; rudimentary; not completely formed or established: as, inchoate rights.
- adj. Recently started but not fully formed yet; just begun; only elementary or immature.
- adj. Chaotic, disordered, confused; also, incoherent, rambling.
- n. rare A beginning, an immature start.
- v. To begin or start something.
- v. To cause or bring about.
- v. To make a start.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Recently, or just, begun; beginning; partially but not fully in existence or operation; existing in its elements; incomplete.
- v. obsolete To begin.
- adj. only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
- From Latin incohātus ("begun, unfinished"), perfect passive participle of incohō ("begin"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin inchoātus, past participle of inchoāre, to begin, alteration of incohāre : in-, in; see in-2 + cohum, strap from yoke to harness. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“By the way, congratulations on using the word 'inchoate' in a sentence.”
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