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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Inchoate'

Inchoate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    inchoate adj : only partly in existence; imperfectly formed; "incipient civil disorder"; "an incipient tumor"; "a vague inchoate idea" [syn: incipient]
Inchoate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Inchoate \In"cho*ate\, v. t. To begin. [Obs.] --Dr. H. More.
Inchoate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Inchoate \In"cho*ate\, a. [L. inchoatus, better incohatus, p. p. of incohare to begin.] Recently, or just, begun; beginning; partially but not fully in existence or operation; existing in its elements; incomplete. -- In"cho*ate*ly, adv. Neither a substance perfect, nor a substance inchoate. --Raleigh.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Inchoate'

An inchoate offense, inchoate offence, or inchoate crime is the crime of preparing for or seeking to commit another crime. The most common example of an inchoate offense is conspiracy. "Inchoate offense" has been defined as "Conduct deemed criminal without actual harm being done, provided that the harm that would have occurred is one the law tries to prevent."

Every inchoate crime or offence must have the mens rea of intent or of recklessness, but most typically intent. Absent a specific law, an inchoate offense requires that the defendant have the specific intent to commit the underlying crime. For example, for a defendant to be guilty of the inchoate crime of solicitation of murder, they must intend a person to die.


On the other hand, RICO merely requires "knowing", yet another way of saying reckless.

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