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Examples of inchoate in a Sentence
inchoate feelings of affection for a man whom she had, up till now, thought of as only a friend
Recent Examples of inchoate from the Web
The line had powerful resonance: Clinton was digging very close to the heart of the national psyche, to the inchoate sense of loss that runs so hard and deep beneath the surface of the electorate this year.
While one blandly chilly day bled into the next, the relentless blizzard of scandals emerging from the inchoate presidential administration intensified the season's slate-gray gloom, giving otherwise temperate afternoons a forbidding atmosphere.
The ease of criticizing President Trump's inchoate and stumbling moves around the globe do not excuse Democrats from coming up with a doctrine of their own.
Britons have endured years of astringent austerity during which time median wages have stagnated and a view has developed, however inchoate, that something, somewhere, has gone badly wrong.
Sanchez gives two mesmerizing performances in one, and has the preternatural ability to switch seamlessly between Ceci’s twisted body and inchoate speech, and her pre-crash physicality and verbal reveries.
But the inchoate stretch is crystallized by the arrival of a house guest—the real-life director Shirley Clarke, who’s there to meet with a producer about making a Hollywood movie.
Now a new opportunity has arisen from the inchoate coalition of the United States, Israel and Sunni Arab leaders, largely arising from their shared view of Iran as a growing national security threat.
For running the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, Madoff finally offered a human face at which to direct that inchoate anger.
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When Should You Use inchoate?
Inchoate derives from inchoare, which means "to start work on" in Latin but translates literally as "to hitch up." Inchoare was formed from the prefix in- and the noun cohum, which refers to the part of a yoke to which the beam of a plow is fitted. The concept of implementing this initial step toward the larger task of plowing a field can help provide a clearer understanding of inchoate, an adjective used to describe the imperfect form of something (such as a plan or idea) in its early stages of development. Perhaps because it looks a little like the word chaos (although the two aren't closely related), inchoate now not only implies the formlessness that often marks beginnings but also the confusion caused by chaos.
Origin and Etymology of inchoate
Latin inchoatus, past participle of inchoare to start work on, perhaps from in- + cohum part of a yoke to which the beam of a plow is fitted
First Known Use: 1534See Words from the same year
Financial Definition of INCHOATE
What It Is
Inchoate is a legal term indicating that a transaction or activity has been discussed or even agreed upon but is not final or is still incomplete.
How It Works
Let's say Company XYZ wants to buy Company ABC. The two companies agree to the price and other terms, and now it's a matter of time until the paperwork is completed, making the transaction final. During that time -- that is, after the companies agree but before the transaction is finalized -- the deal is inchoate.
Why It Matters
In the merger world, lots of time can pass between when a deal is announced and when it closes. During this time, the deals are inchoate and can often experience several bumps in the road as the companies do their due diligence on each other and implement the terms of the deal.
Real estate deals are also often inchoate and transactions can often fall apart before they reach the closing table.
INCHOATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inchoate for English Language Learners
: not completely formed or developed yet
Legal Definition of inchoate
1a : 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 right — Peterson 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
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