inchoate
in·cho·ate /in-'kō-ət, 'iŋ-kō-ˌāt/ adj
1 a: not yet made complete, certain, or specific: not perfected see also inchoate lien at lien
b: not yet transformed into actual use or possession
until an employee has earned his retirement pay...[it] is but an inchoate rightPeterson v. Fire & Police Pension Ass'n, 759 P.2d 720 (1988)
2: of or relating to a crime (as attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy) which consists of acts that are preliminary to another crime and that are in themselves criminal compare choate

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

inchoate
I adjective beginning, begun but not completed, budding, elemental, elementary, embryonic, fragmentary, fundamental, half-begun, half-done, hardly begun, immature, imperfect, in its infancy, inceptive, incipient, incohatus, incomplete, infant, initial, introductory, just begun, nascent, not completely formed, not fully executed, partial, prefatory, preliminary, primary, rudimental, rudimentary, semi processed, sketchy, uncompleted, unexecuted, unfinalized, unfinished, unprocessed associated concepts: inchoate contract, inchoate crimes, inchoate gift, inchoate interest, inchoate lien, inchoate right, inchoate title, inchoate will II index conceive (invent), establish (launch), incipient, initial, initiate, original (initial), premature, rudimentary

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


inchoate
adj.
Not yet fully developed; incomplete. See also choate

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


inchoate
not complete.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


inchoate
Something that has begun but has not been completed, such as a potential crime for which all the elements have not been accomplished, or a contract that has not been formalized.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


inchoate
adj. Commenced but not completed, partially done, generally used in contract law to describe an undertaking which has been agreed upon, but as to which all necessary formalities (for example, signatures on the document) have not been completed.
@ inchoate offense
One of the three crimes (attempt, conspiracy, solicitation) that are steps toward the commission of another crime. Also called anticipatory crime, anticipatory offense, and inchoate crime.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


inchoate
Imperfect; partial; unfinished; begun, but not completed; as in a contract not executed by all the parties.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


inchoate
Imperfect; partial; unfinished; begun, but not completed; as in a contract not executed by all the parties.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

inchoate
adj. or adv.
   referring to something which has begun but has not been completed, either an activity or some object which is incomplete. It may define a potential crime like a conspiracy which has been started but not perfected or finished (buying the explosives, but not yet blowing up the bank safe), a right contingent on an event (receiving property if one outlives the grantor of the property) or a decision or idea which has been only partially considered, such as a contract which has not been formalized.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • inchoate — means ‘undeveloped’ or ‘just begun’ and is derived from the Latin word choare ‘to begin’: • It was obviously necessary that we should continue our still inchoate discussion over a drink D. M. Davin, 1975 • She is not allowed to express her real,… …   Modern English usage

  • 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]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inchoate — In cho*ate, v. t. To begin. [Obs.] Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inchoate — (adj.) 1530s, from L. inchoatus, pp. of inchoare, alteration of incohare to begin, originally to hitch up, from in on (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + cohum strap fastened to the oxen s yoke. Related: Inchoative …   Etymology dictionary

  • inchoate — [adj] undeveloped, beginning amorphous, elementary, embryonic, formless, immature, imperfect, inceptive, incipient, just begun, nascent, preliminary, rudimentary, shapeless, unfinished, unformed, unshaped; concepts 485,578,797 Ant. developed,… …   New thesaurus

  • inchoate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not fully formed or developed; rudimentary. 2) confused or incoherent. DERIVATIVES inchoately adverb. ORIGIN from Latin inchoare, variant of incohare begin …   English terms dictionary

  • inchoate — [in kō′it, in kō′āt΄] adj. [L inchoatus, incohatus, pp. of inchoare, incohare, to begin, orig. rural term “hitch up, harness” < in , in + cohum, the strap from plow beam to yoke < IE base * kagh , to hold, enclose > HEDGE] 1. just begun; …   English World dictionary

  • Inchoate — A state of activity or entitlement that is characterized by partial completion of an intended outcome or status. The notion of inchoate comes into play most often in a legal sense, as it could refer to an inchoate transaction between two parties …   Investment dictionary

  • inchoate — [[t]ɪnko͟ʊɪt[/t]] ADJ If something is inchoate, it is recent or new, and vague or not yet properly developed. [FORMAL] His dreams were senseless and inchoate. ...the inchoate mood of dissatisfaction with all politicians. Syn: incoherent …   English dictionary

  • inchoate —    Probably because of the similarity in spelling to chaotic and in pronunciation to incoherent, people sometimes take the word to mean disorderly or disorganized. In fact it means incipient, undeveloped, just starting. An inchoate enterprise is… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

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