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  • s  only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
    a vague inchoate idea

  • The instruction of the new choir director was inchoate and without structure.
  • Dahmer's crimes raised several inchoate fears and revulsions: cannibalism, sexuality, class and race -- most of his victims were poor, African-American, Asian or Latino, while .
  • We forget sometimes that to be a teenager any teenager is to learn to cope with the turbid, inchoate bigotries of still-developing minds.
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  • Is Google's New Tabs A Chimera?
    We?ve all heard the phrase ?parents eating their young,? but never the reverse. Now we have an inchoate example, Google, who wants you to "Meet the new inbox.? The tech giant?s popular Gmail software has attracted more than 425 million users worldwide, and now it has introduced ?new customizable tabs put you back in control so that you can see what's new at a glance and decide which emails you ...
    Aug. 13, 2013 - Forbes

  • James MacGregor Burns in Forbes
    Presidential historian James MacGregor Burns, whose 1978 book "Leadership" is widely admired and studied, wrote that a "transformational leader stands on the shoulders of his followers, expressing coherently those ideas which lie inchoate in the...
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr in New York Times
    Fifty years later, in a letter to the British legal scholar Sir Frederick Pollock, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote, "I have read in a California volume that the wife on marriage acquires an inchoate right of dower, which by the death of the husband...
  • Michael Lewis in San Francisco Chronicle
    Weird. He was weird and delightful,said Michael Lewis, the best-selling author who lives in Berkeley and wrote for Mr. Felker's Manhattan, Inc. magazine. "He had an inchoate enthusiasm that overwhelmed everything. His hunches were...

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