inchoate adj : only partly in existence; imperfectly formed; "incipient civil disorder"; "an incipient tumor"; "a vague inchoate idea" [syn: incipient]
EtymologyFrom the Latin, incohatus the past participle of incohare, "to begin".
- 1803 —
Supreme Court of the United States, Marbury
- 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 —
- 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 —
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, 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 — H. P.
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
- 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
- Guthrie’s inchoate socialist leanings grew into a deep commitment to the labor movement.
- 2007 — Ezra Klein, What Has Happened To The Right? http://ezraklein.typepad.com/blog/2007/10/what-has-happen.html
- This is the politics of hate. Screaming, sobbing, inchoate, hate.
The term inchoate has more than one meaning.
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