Definition of


  1. (adj, all) only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
    an incipient tumor
    a vague inchoate idea

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Origin of the word Inchoate

  1. 1534, from L. inchoatus, pp. of inchoare, alteration of incohare "to begin," originally "to hitch up," from in- "on" + cohum "strap fastened to the oxen's yoke." more

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