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Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Definitions for inchoate

  1. In an initial or early stage; just begun.
  2. Imperfectly formed or formulated.

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Citations for inchoate
Mildred Spock believed that, at about the age of three, her children's inchoate wills were to be shaped like vines sprouting up a beanpole. Thomas Maier, Dr. Spock: An American Life
She also had a vision, not yet articulated, an inchoate sense of some special calling that awaited her. Linda Lear, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature
Origin of inchoate
1525-1535
Inchoate comes from the past participle of Latin inchoare, alteration of incohare, "to begin."