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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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Hunter, by contrast, steps outside the canonical texts of philosophy to deal extensively with influential figures in the realm of popular culture such as John Dunton, who articulated, however inchoately, a modernist position that in many ways is much closer to the spirit and purpose of the novel than anything to be found in the pages of Locke.
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Most Puritan divines appreciated the material contributions to society that businessmen made, while they worried that merchants' practices might be violating biblical prohibitions (against usury, in particular) or, more inchoately, that the growing importance of merchant activity might be creating a culture driven more forcefully by financial than spiritual considerations.
Should the following two realities be maintained, namely that "the Church comes to be from the 'breathing out' of the Spirit in Jesus's death and from his opened side, and [it] comes to be in virtue of the fact that the feminine assent to all that God wills becomes the inexhaustible fruitfulness of the new Eve," then we can see the Church, as subject, is ontologically present inchoately in Mary as the companion-bride of Christ.
the Fall, original sin, the law, and predestination) are inchoately present even in the most "philosophical" of Augustine's earliest works.
Instead, it provided an opportunity to vaunt an inchoately nationalist sense of Scotland's contributions to the British military and imperial expansion and control.
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James in a single textual breath bodes well, perhaps, for the pluralist impulses that anticipate a now only inchoately defined program that we might call "Studies in the African Diaspora" -- that future with the long arc which links Old and New Worlds with the islands and archipelagos of the Atlantic and Pacific sea-worlds.
And recent polling shows that a clear majority of all Americans-even in the midst of this long-running prosperity-believe free trade, at least in its current Rubin-esque incarnation, to be more of a threat than a blessing, and understand at least inchoately (which is more than most economists do) the connection between free trade and the erosion of income and job security throughout much of the nation's economy.
Here the very multiplicity of segmentations is itself analytically significant, for it explains the impression that the piece begins tentatively, inchoately.