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[in-koh-it, -eyt or, esp. British, in-koh-eyt] /ɪnˈkoʊ ɪt, -eɪt or, esp. British, ˈɪn koʊˌeɪt/

not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.
just begun; incipient.
not organized; lacking order:
an inchoate mass of ideas on the subject.
adjective (ɪnˈkəʊeɪt; -ˈkəʊɪt)
just beginning; incipient
undeveloped; immature; rudimentary
(of a legal document, promissory note, etc) in an uncompleted state; not yet made specific or valid
verb (transitive) (ɪnˈkəʊeɪt)
to begin

1530s, from Latin inchoatus, past participle of inchoare, alteration of incohare “to begin,” originally “to hitch up,” from in- “on” (see in- (2)) + cohum “strap fastened to the oxen’s yoke.” Related: Inchoative.


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