in·cho·ate (ĭn-kōĭt, -āt′)
1. Being in a beginning or early stage; incipient: "The country was developing an incipient national art, an inchoate national literature" (Jay Winik).
2. Imperfectly formed or developed; disordered or incoherent: "A prophet must be a good public speaker, someone who can transform inchoate rage into eloquent diatribe" (David Leavitt).
[Latin inchoātus, past participle of inchoāre, to begin, alteration of incohāre : in-, in; see IN-2 + cohum, strap from yoke to harness.]
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