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inarticulate

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

Definition of inarticulate

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

inarticulately

adverb

inarticulateness

noun

Examples of inarticulate in a Sentence

  1. He's smart, but somewhat inarticulate.

  2. I was almost inarticulate with rage.

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Origin and Etymology of inarticulate

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

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inarticulate

noun

Definition of inarticulate

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

First Known Use of inarticulate

1952

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INARTICULATE Defined for English Language Learners

inarticulate

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Definition of inarticulate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

inarticulate

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

Definition of inarticulate for Students

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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