Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)


I ran across this word today in my reading of Sam Harris’s book, The End of Faith, and I think it’s a fine word to share with all of you.

Inchoate (in-KOH-it, -eyt or, especially Brit., IN-koh-eyt) [Latin; incohāre; to begin, to start work on]

  1. not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.
  2. just begun; incipient.
  3. not organized; lacking order.

Usage: Even though the Democrats could capture one or both houses of congress, their plan of action appears to be an inchoate mass of ideas at this point in time.



  1. #1 Karl
    October 24, 2006

    Isn’t he the senator from Oklahoma?

  2. #2 The Ridger
    October 24, 2006

    Ah, yes. I recognize that word from its cousin, inchoative – used to describe Slavic verbs with certain prefixes. For instance, zvonit’ means to ring, and zazvonit’ means to begin to ring, to set ringing.

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