inchoate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin incohātus (begun, unfinished), perfect passive participle of incohō (begin).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

inchoate (comparative more inchoate, superlative most inchoate)

  1. Recently started but not fully formed yet; just begun; only elementary or immature.
    • Raleigh
      neither a substance perfect, nor a substance inchoate
  2. Chaotic, disordered, confused; also, incoherent, rambling.

Quotations[edit]

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  • 1677, Richard Allestree, The Art of Contentment, p. 187
    It do's indeed perfect and crown thoſe graces which were here inchoate and begun, but no mans converſion ever ſucceeded his being there ...
  • 1803, Supreme Court of the United States, Marbury v. Madison
    This appointment is evidenced by an open, unequivocal act, and, being the last act required from the person making it, necessarily excludes the idea of its being, so far as it respects the appointment, an inchoate and incomplete transaction.
  • 1839, Cherokee Constitution
    It being determined that a constitution should be made for the inchoate government, men were selected by its sponsors, from those at the Illinois Camp Ground, including as many western Cherokees as could be induced to sign it.
  • 1885, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, On the Death of General Gordon
    ...unfortunately, we have to face inchoate schemes which will demand the utmost jealousy and vigilance of Parliament.
  • 1889, Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osborne, The Wrong Box, ch. 6
    The private conception of any breach of law is apt to be inspiriting, for the scheme (while yet inchoate) wears dashing and attractive colours.
  • 1892, George Gissing, Born In Exile
    A youth whose brain glowed like a furnace, whose heart throbbed with tumult of high ambitions, of inchoate desires.
  • 1919, H. P. Lovecraft, The Doom That Came to Sarnath
    Very odd and ugly were these beings, as indeed are most beings of a world yet inchoate and rudely fashioned.
  • 1928, Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf
    How inutterably sad was the look this fluid inchoate figure of the wolf threw from his beautiful shy eyes.
  • 2004, David Hajdu, "Folk Hero", The New Yorker, 29 March 2004
    Guthrie’s inchoate socialist leanings grew into a deep commitment to the labor movement.

Synonyms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

inchoate (plural inchoates)

  1. (rare) A beginning, an immature start.

Verb[edit]

inchoate (third-person singular simple present inchoates, present participle inchoating, simple past and past participle inchoated)

  1. To begin or start something.
  2. To cause or bring about.
  3. To make a start.

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

inchoāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of inchoō