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inchoate - vocabulary

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adjective

Not yet completed or fully developed; just begun, incipient; not organized, lacking order.

Until an employee has earned his retirement pay, or until the time arrives when he may retire, his retirement pay is but an inchoate right; but when the conditions are satisfied, at that time retirement pay becomes a vested right of which the person entitled thereto cannot be deprived; it has ripened into a full contractual obligation.

Peterson v. Fire & Police Pension Association (1988)

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