Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Imperfect; incipient not completely formed.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Imperfect; unfinished; begun, but not completed; as a contract not executed by all the parties.
    —Inchoate instrument. Instruments which the law requires to be registered or recorded are said to be "inchoate" prior to registration, iu that they are then good only between the parties and privies and as to persons having notice. Wilkins v. McCorkle, 112 Tenn. 688, 80 S. W. 834,
    —Inchoate interest. An interest in real estate which is not a present interest, but which may ripen into a vested estate, if not barred; extinguished, or divested. Rupe v. Hadley, 113 Ind. 416, 16 N. E. 391; Bever v. North, 107 Ind. 547, 8 N. E. 576; Warford v. Noble (C. C.) 2 Fed. 204.
    —Inchoate dower. A wife's interest in the lands of her husband during his life, which may become a right of dower npdn his death Guerin v. Moore, 25 Minn. 465; Dingman v. Dingman, 39 Ohio St. 178; Smith v. Shaw, 150 Mass. 297, 22 N. E. 924.