in·​ar·​tic·​u·​la·​cy ˌi-(ˌ)när-ˈti-kyə-lə-sē How to pronounce inarticulacy (audio)
: the quality or state of being inarticulate

Examples of inarticulacy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The series builds scene after scene on the blustery pleasures of its characters’ inarticulacy and delivers a virtual dissertation on unwarranted bravado. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 17 June 2023 Yanique inhabits many of their divergent points of view, among them that of young Earl, who becomes Fly, and somewhat less convincingly that of Mermaid, Stela’s mother, who curses incessantly and veers between relative inarticulacy and unexpected eloquence. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inarticulacy was in 1921

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“Inarticulacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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