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

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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.

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not complete.
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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Un homme dont la pensee est universelle, inscrite dans le temps et dans le mouvement, ouverte et inchoative.
Lastly, -ri is an inchoative marker in Proto-Quechuan and other Quechuan varieties but a reflexive marker in EQ--a hitherto unexplained development.
Certainly, with the revelation of the Son of God, this new reality has entered our world, but only in an inchoative way, such as at "the time of dawn, when darkness and light are intermingled," as Ratzinger explains with reference to the commentary of St.
As regards FrameNet's semantic description of attach, two lexical units are distinguished, the first belonging to the frame "inchoative attaching", and the second to the frame "attaching", which has already been described.
shatter, burst, etc), can participate in the inchoative construction (The bottle broke/shattered, The tire burst).
If an entailed-result verb representing the causing event and an inchoative verb representing the resulting event occur in sequence in the serial verb construction, these two verbs will be coerced by the construction to express a sequence of causing and resulting events without a noticeable time span.