Complete Definition of "inchoate"

was wotd|2006|December|10
English

Etymology
From the Latin, incohatus the past participle of incohare, "to begin".

Pronunciation
italbrac|RP: IPA|/ɪnˈkəʊət/ or /ɪnˈkəʊeɪt/
italbrac|US: IPA|/ɪnˈkoʊət/ or /ɪnˈkoʊeɪt/
audio|Inchoate-pronunciation-us.ogg|Audio (US)

Adjective
en-adj

  1. recent|Recently started but not fully formed yet; just begun; only elementary or immature.
  2. Chaotic, disordered, confused; also, incoherent, rambling.
Quotations
timeline|
1800s=1803 1839 1885 1889 1892|
1900s=1919|
2000s=2007

1803 — w:Supreme Court of the United States|Supreme Court of the United States, s:Marbury v. Madison|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 — s:Cherokee Constitution 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 — w:Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury|Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, s:On the Death of General Gordon|On the Death of General Gordon
:...unfortunately, we have to face inchoate schemes which will demand the utmost jealousy and vigilance of Parliament.
1889 — w:Robert Louis Stevenson|Robert Louis Stevenson, s:The Wrong Box|The Wrong Box, ch VI
: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 — w:H. P. Lovecraft|H. P. Lovecraft, s:The Doom That Came to Sarnath|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 - w:Hermann Hesse|Hermann Hesse, s:Steppenwolf (novel)|Steppenwolf
:How inutterably sad was the look this fluid inchoate figure of the wolf threw from his beautiful shy eyes.
2004 — The New Yorker, 29 March 2004
2007 — Ezra Klein, What Has Happened To The Right? 1

Synonyms
rfc-level|Synonyms at L4+ not in L3 POS section
italbrac|started but not fully formed: elementary, embryonic, immature, incipient, rudimentary

Translations

Noun
en-noun

  1. rare A beginning, an immature start.

Verb
en-verb|inchoat|ing

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

Related terms
inchoated
inchoatedness
inchoation
inchoactive

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