inarticulate

adjective
in·ar·tic·u·late | \ ˌi-(ˌ)när-ˈti-kyə-lət \

Definition of inarticulate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a of a sound : uttered or formed without the definite articulations of intelligible speech

b(1) : incapable of speech especially under stress of emotion : mute

(2) : incapable of being expressed by speech inarticulate fear

(3) : not voiced or expressed : unspoken society functions on many inarticulate premises

2 : incapable of giving coherent, clear, or effective expression to one's ideas or feelings

3 [ New Latin inarticulatus, from Latin in- + New Latin articulatus articulate ] : relating to, characteristic of, or being an inarticulate or its shell

inarticulate

noun

Definition of inarticulate (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of a class (Inarticulata) of brachiopods lacking a hinge connecting the two shell valves

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Other words from inarticulate

Adjective

inarticulately adverb
inarticulateness noun

Synonyms for inarticulate

Synonyms: Adjective

mute, speechless, voiceless

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Examples of inarticulate in a Sentence

Adjective

He's smart, but somewhat inarticulate. I was almost inarticulate with rage.

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The multiracial Californian turned Floridian also looks and sounds like America would like to look and sound (in contrast to the pasty and inarticulate incumbent) if America were an action figure. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Rock Rules Out 2020 Run," 12 July 2018 The multiracial Californian turned Floridian also looks and sounds like America would like to look and sound (in contrast to the pasty and inarticulate incumbent) if America were an action figure. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Rock Rules Out 2020 Run," 12 July 2018 Moreover, Ramsay is aided enormously by the fact that Joe is played by a bearded and beefy Joaquin Phoenix, one of the few actors one can imagine bringing the character’s inarticulate suffering largely to life. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "You Were Never Really Here Is Never Really Here," 13 Apr. 2018 Trump will continue to walk the line between dishonest, uninformed, and inarticulate in a way that keeps people guessing. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The 4 stories that drove this week in politics," 30 Mar. 2018 Shelley's nuances are profound, but they're lost in the simplified tale of an inarticulate monster, finally burned by villagers. Steve Haycox, Anchorage Daily News, "Did you know that Dr. Frankenstein’s creation was a dog musher?," 11 Jan. 2018 The multiracial Californian turned Floridian also looks and sounds like America would like to look and sound (in contrast to the pasty and inarticulate incumbent) if America were an action figure. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Rock May Run for President When He Can Get Around to It," 15 Dec. 2017 Reagan is described as intellectually incurious, inarticulate, not deeply read, acting from instinct rather than reflection. Jules Freedman, Cincinnati.com, "Column: We survived Reagan, we’ll do the same with Trump," 4 Oct. 2017 Wild Bill’ Haywood … the tepid social-work impulse of do-gooders, inarticulate and amorphous desire to ‘ Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "The Book That Predicted Trump’s Rise Offers the Left a Roadmap for Defeating Him," 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of inarticulate

Adjective

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inarticulate

Adjective

Late Latin inarticulatus, from Latin in- + articulatus, past participle of articulare to utter distinctly — more at articulate

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The first known use of inarticulate was in 1603

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inarticulate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inarticulate

: not able to express ideas clearly and effectively in speech or writing : not articulate

: not able to speak

: not expressed clearly or easily understood

inarticulate

adjective
in·ar·tic·u·late | \ i-när-ˈti-kyə-lət \

Kids Definition of inarticulate

1 : not able to express ideas or feelings clearly and easily an inarticulate speaker

2 : not understandable as spoken words an inarticulate mumble

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