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inchoate

Incomplete, impartial, not completed. Inchoate property rights include mechanics' and materialmen's liens,which come into possibility when work is commenced on a property but might never ripen into actual existence if all bills are paid for the work.

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This is not a distinction between triumph and failure; it may be better understood through an oceanic metaphor, as the difference between a wave that rises above the horizon, coming to light as it catches the eye, and a deep current that moves under the surface, a forceful undertow felt inchoately as pressure rather than presence.
Canadians, it would appear from their voting behaviour, tend to understand, however inchoately, the wisdom of the argument advanced by policy-makers like Holmes and academics like Stairs.
Indeed, 'the whole story' demands the reader's recognition of the fat man's archetypal nature, even if the teller can only inchoately intuit it.
Beyond Gender deals, however inchoately, with important subjects: most provocatively, the question of why liberals (one might say Democrats, were they not creatures of a Jurassic paradigm) have made so little headway with the issue of income disparity.
Thus, Dworkin follows the philosophical mainstream in claiming that rights and interests presuppose consciousness, the exercised ability to distinguish, if only inchoately, between oneself and the external world.