WOW #45 – Word Of The Week

WOW – Word Of The Week is a weekly feature that I came up with in the year 2015 in order to learn new words and their meaning in the English language and improve my vocabulary.

If you wish to participate and post about WOW then, by all means, feel free to do so. A link-back to this blog post would be most appreciated and also it would help me in knowing that you’ve posted your work.

Picking up where I left off, this is going to be the 45th word for this feature.

WOW #45 – Word Of The Week



Part Of Speech:




in·​cho·​ate | \ in-ˈkō-ət


  • being only partly in existence or operation
  • imperfectly formed or formulated
  • just begun and so not fully formed or developed
  • confused or incoherent

Related Phrases:

An inchoate offence, preliminary crime, inchoate crime or incomplete crime is a crime of preparing for or seeking to commit another crime.

The most common example of an inchoate offence is “attempt”.


  • amorphous
  • elementary
  • embryonic
  • formless
  • immature
  • imperfect
  • incipient
  • preliminary
  • rudimentary
  • shapeless
  • unfinished
  • unformed
  • inceptive
  • unshaped
  • nascent


Phrases/Informal Synonyms:

Word Origin:

Mid 16th century: from Latin inchoates, past participle of inchoare, variant of incohare ‘begin’.

Usage Note:

This word is most commonly used in relation to legal jargon therefore you can find it in various legal documentation.

Use In Sentences:

  • The reception seemed to me rather inchoate not to say disorderly.
  • They were inchoate proletarian protests.
  • He had a child’s inchoate awareness of their language
  • Her dreams were senseless and inchoate.

I hope you guys like this word and hope it’s useful to you in some or the other way! If you want to check out more words like this, then visit my page:

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A bank of all the words that have been discussed in WOW so far

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