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Definition only partly in existence; or imperfectly formed
  • Currently, I have only a vague inchoate idea of what I want to do, but I expect to have a specific plan before my senior year.
inchoate = only partly in existence; or imperfectly formed
  • an inchoate, but unmistakable, tide of opposition
  • Then his eyes went muddy, as if he had lost his grip on the inchoate thought.
    London, Jack  --  Before Adam
  • In the deep shadow of the tree there was a deeper shadow yet, black, inchoate, vague—a crouching form full of savage vigor and menace.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Lost World
  • Feelings of contempt born of inchoate, unacknowledged fear—civilization's fear of nature, men's fear of women, power's fear of powerlessness.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • inchoate = only partly in existence; or imperfectly formed
  • He mumbles a few inchoate phrases to someone who is not there.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • inchoate = imperfectly formed
  • ...the ghosts of departed cook-maids looked wonderingly on ... despising the simplicity of the projected meal, yet ineffectually pining to thrust their shadowy hands into each inchoate dish.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • inchoate = only partly in existence; or imperfectly formed
  • But even more than that, I found in hip-hop the sound of my generation talking to itself, working through the fears and anxieties and inchoate dreams—of wealth or power or revolution or success—we all shared.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • inchoate = only partly formed
  • A kind of brotherhood hides beneath the shadows of columns and the mute verandahs—unspoken, inchoate, but present nevertheless.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • How unutterably sad was the look this fluid inchoate figure of the wolf threw from his beautiful shy eyes.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • The structure is now visible; what is inchoate is here stated; we are not so various or so mean; we have made oblongs and stood them upon squares.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • An immense psychological pressure, palpable and inchoate, was loose in that room.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Sometimes her sweltering and inchoate fury was so great that she threw him on the floor and stamped on him.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Then suddenly, to her astonishment, she realized that although his distress clearly partook of some vague and inchoate rage, it was not rage at her at all but at someone or something else.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • The stink of garbage hit his nostrils, and he jerked back instinctively as something reared over him—a surging mass of inchoate smoke, a cluster of glittering yellow eyes hanging in the darkness.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The noises it made sounded like inchoate masses of silk being pulled through trees, as we pull hair through a comb—like heaps of sand pouring on fine sand from a scoop—like gigantic linens being torn —like drums in distant battle—like an endless snake switching through the world's undergrowth of trees and houses— like old men sighing, and women howling and wolves running.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Then it was the Corps in a single voice thundering a message of violent condolence, of inchoate vengeance.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • He heard the wild tongueless cries of desire, the inchoate ecstasy that knows no gateway of release.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • John Dorsey slapped his meaty thigh, and bent forward whining inchoately, drooling slightly at the mouth.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • A white atom of inchoate fury would burst in him like a rocket, and for a moment he would be cursing mad.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel

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