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Inchoate

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

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.

inchoate

adjective anticipatory, basic, beginning, budding, commencing, developing, early, elemental, embryonic, fragmentary, fundamental, half-done, hardly begun, immature, imperfect, in its infancy, inaugural, inceptive, incipient, infant, infant stage, initial, initiatory, introductory, just begun, maiden, nascent, newborn, not completely formed, not fully executed, not fully formed, original, out of order, partial, prefatory, preliminary, preparatory, primal, primary, prime, primeval, primitive, primordial, rudimental, semiprocessed, sketchy, starting, uncompleted, undeveloped, unfinalized, unfinished
Associated concepts: attempt, conspiracy and solicitation, inchoate contract, inchoate crimes, inchoate gift, inchoate interest, inchoate lien, inchoate right, inchoate title, innhoate will
See also: conceive, establish, incipient, initial, initiate, invent, launch, original, premature, rudimentary

inchoate

not complete.

INCHOATE. That which is not yet completed or finished. Contracts are considered inchoate until they are executed by all the parties who ought to have executed them. For example, a covenant which purports to be tripartite, and is executed by only two of the parties, is incomplete, and no one is bound by it. 2 Halst. 142. Vide Locus paenitentiae.

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Once the massacres in New York, Paris, Beirut and elsewhere are considered with a more precise lens as crimes against humanity, the inchoate definition of terrorism and the elusive war against a nonstate actor are replaced by a clearly defined universal crime under international law, including in the statutes of the International Criminal Court.
The Chinese army opened fire that day on Chinese citizens (workers, residents, and students) just outside of Tiananmen Square for demanding "democracy" (which remained an inchoate concept for the Tiananmen protesters).
The next morning I realised there was something in his voice I'd heard more than once in Cairo: a genuinely desperate, inchoate anger.
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Her fears inchoate, not concrete, she cannot put a name to them.
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he responds and I bluster inchoate lines about being a big fan and how sorry I am to intrude, but is this a truly terrible time to get my copy of (his) book signed, because I don't know if I will get the chance later.
Aiming to provide audiences with what the gallery termed a "stretched-out" encounter with artists' work, "Sleepwalkers: Production as Process," a series of solo exhibitions and site-specific commissions at The Hugh Lane, has thus promoted projects in progress by creating space for inchoate, early-stage creative propositions as well as for presentations that have reached a much more evolved, gallery-ready state.
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