- Something that is not yet fully formed or developed
- A state where something has not been put into actual use or possession
- Criminal actions that are considered preliminary steps toward another crime
- The new business had an inchoate plan, still needing various details to be worked out.
- The inchoate patent had not been utilized or come into possession of the inventor.
- Charges of inchoate offenses were filed against the suspect for his preliminary acts to commit a potential crime.