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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. only partly in existence; imperfectly formed;
- Example: "incipient civil disorder"
- Example: "an incipient tumor"
- Example: "a vague inchoate idea"
[syn: incipient, inchoate]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inchoate \In"cho*ate\, a. [L. inchoatus, better incohatus, p. p. of incohare to begin.] Recently, or just, begun; beginning; partially but not fully in existence or operation; existing in its elements; incomplete. -- In"cho*ate*ly, adv. [1913 Webster] Neither a substance perfect, nor a substance inchoate. --Raleigh. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inchoate \In"cho*ate\, v. t. To begin. [Obs.] --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

inchoate adj 1: only partly in existence; imperfectly formed; "incipient civil disorder"; "an incipient tumor"; "a vague inchoate idea" [syn: incipient, inchoate]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

152 Moby Thesaurus words for "inchoate": abecedarian, aboriginal, aimless, aleatoric, aleatory, amorphic, amorphous, anarchic, antenatal, autochthonous, baggy, beginning, blobby, blurred, blurry, broad, budding, capricious, casual, chance, chancy, chaotic, characterless, confused, creative, desultory, disarticulated, disconnected, discontinuous, disjointed, disjunct, disordered, disorderly, dispersed, disproportionate, elemental, elementary, embryonic, erratic, featureless, fetal, fitful, foggy, formative, formless, foundational, frivolous, fundamental, fuzzy, general, gestatory, gratuitous, haphazard, hazy, hit-or-miss, ill-defined, immethodical, imprecise, in embryo, in its infancy, in the bud, inaccurate, inaugural, inceptive, inchoative, incipient, incoherent, incunabular, indecisive, indefinable, indefinite, indeterminable, indeterminate, indiscriminate, indistinct, inexact, infant, infantile, inform, initial, initiative, initiatory, introductory, inventive, irregular, kaleidoscopic, kindred, lax, loose, lumpen, meaningless, misshapen, misty, nascent, natal, nondescript, nonspecific, nonsymmetrical, nonsystematic, nonuniform, obscure, orderless, original, parturient, planless, postnatal, pregnant, prenatal, primal, primary, prime, primeval, primitive, primogenial, procreative, promiscuous, random, rudimental, rudimentary, senseless, shadowed forth, shadowy, shapeless, spasmodic, sporadic, stochastic, straggling, straggly, sweeping, systemless, unarranged, unclassified, unclear, undefined, undestined, undetermined, undirected, ungraded, unjoined, unmethodical, unordered, unorganized, unplain, unsorted, unspecified, unsymmetrical, unsystematic, ununiform, ur, vague, veiled, wandering
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

INCHOATE. That which is not yet completed or finished. Contracts are considered inchoate until they are executed by all the parties who ought to have executed them. For example, a covenant which purports to be tripartite, and is executed by only two of the parties, is incomplete, and no one is bound by it. 2 Halst. 142. Vide Locus paenitentiae.