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inchoate (in-KO-it) adjective

1. In an initial or early stage; incipient.

2. Imperfectly formed or developed.

[Latin inchoatus, past participle of inchoare, to begin, alteration of incohare : in- + cohum, strap from yoke to harness.]

"He (Jacob Zuma, Deputy President of S. Africa) has been caught between an inchoate government legislative programme, a powerful speaker and weak parliamentary management." The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The 1999 Report Card, Africa News Service, 23 Dec 1999.

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