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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. 1a of a sound :  uttered or formed without the definite articulations of intelligible speechb (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. 2 :  incapable of giving coherent, clear, or effective expression to one's ideas or feelings

  3. 3 [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.

Origin and Etymology of inarticulate

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


First Known Use: 1603

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inarticulate

noun in·ar·tic·u·late

Definition of inarticulate

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

1952

First Known Use of inarticulate

1952

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INARTICULATE Defined for English Language Learners

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inarticulate

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

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

  2. 2 :  not understandable as spoken words <an inarticulate mumble>



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