inchoate

[in-koh-it, -eyt or, esp. British, in-koh-eyt]
adjective
1.
not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.
2.
just begun; incipient.
3.
not organized; lacking order: an inchoate mass of ideas on the subject.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin inchoātus, variant of incohātus past participle of incohāre to begin, start work on, perhaps equivalent to in- -in-2 + coh(um) hollow of a yoke into which the pole is fitted + -ātus -ate1

inchoately, adverb
inchoateness, noun

inchoate, innate (see synonym study at innate).
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inchoate
 
adj
1.  just beginning; incipient
2.  undeveloped; immature; rudimentary
3.  (of a legal document, promissory note, etc) in an uncompleted state; not yet made specific or valid
 
vb
4.  to begin
 
[C16: from Latin incohāre to make a beginning, literally: to hitch up, from in-² + cohum yokestrap]
 
in'choately
 
adv
 
in'choateness
 
n
 
incho'ation
 
n
 
inchoative
 
adj

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inchoate
1534, from L. inchoatus, pp. of inchoare, alteration of incohare "to begin," originally "to hitch up," from in- "on" + cohum "strap fastened to the oxen's yoke."
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Example sentences
My tentative take is that there's an inchoate quality to their fears that's new.
Their thinking moves by leaps in the dark, through fruitful errors and inchoate visions.
The opposition is inchoate, its leadership unknown, its aims so far vague and various.
Given the spontaneous, geographically diverse and inchoate nature of these disturbances, there was never a credible single cause.
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