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Inchoate (imperfectely formed or formulated) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the adjective inchoate

What does inchoate mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
    • example: a vague inchoate idea
    • synonym of inchoate: incipient
    • similar: early

Alternative definition of the adjective inchoate


  1. Recently started but not fully formed yet; just begun; only elementary or immature.
  2. Chaotic, disordered, confused; also, incoherent, rambling.

Definition of the adjective inchoate for high school students

    unformed or formless, in a beginning stage
    • example: The country's government is still inchoate and, because it has no great tradition, quite unstable.

The adjective inchoate is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Definition of the noun inchoate

What does inchoate mean as a name of something?


  1. [rare] A beginning, an immature start.

Definition of the verb inchoate

What does inchoate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: inchoated | inchoating | inchoates

  1. To begin or start something.
  2. To cause or bring about.
  3. To make a start.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for inchoate

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Google previewBryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words (2013)

A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right by William Bryson

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.

Google previewDictionary of Confusable Words (2013)

by Adrian Room

inchoate see incoherent incident see accident incidental/ accidental If something is incidental, it happens or is likely to happen in conjunction with something else: This ticket is not only cheaper than the others but has the incidental advantage ...

Google previewFowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2015)

by Henry Watson Fowler, Jeremy Butterfield

inchoate /ɪn'kəƱeɪt/. 1 Meaning. It derives ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

INCHOATE: Not yet ...

Google previewPhilippine Law Dictionary

INCHOATE RIGHT OF POWER The right or interest of a wife in a homestead , such as the right of redemption after the same has been seized from the husband and foresclosed. — Rosete v. Provincial Sheriff, 95 Phil 564. INCIDENTAL FRAUD ...

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Inchoate Meaning

Video shows what inchoate means. Recently started but not fully formed yet; just begun; only elementary or immature.. Chaotic, disordered, confused; also, ...

Scrabble value of I1N1C3H4O1A1T1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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