uninflected

adjective

un·​in·​flect·​ed ˌən-in-ˈflek-təd How to pronounce uninflected (audio)
: not having or marked by inflection : not inflected
a monotonous, uninflected voice
uninflected plurals

Examples of uninflected in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Haring made uninflected linear drawings almost exclusively glyphs and pictographs, like Paleolithic cave art with an agitated urban edge. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2023 Because of her preternatural calm before the microphone, the uninflected, more-in-sadness-than-in-anger tone of her delivery, Hutchinson was often compared to John Dean, the White House counsel under Richard Nixon, who emerged from the Watergate hearings as the most memorable and decisive witness. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 22 Dec. 2022 The images are almost hypnotically uninflected. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Apr. 2021 The calm, uninflected presentation of the faces in this nightmare scenario looks past the usual suspects that the mainstream media favors — Adam Schiff, James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe, and Peter Strzok, who all regularly appear on CNN and MSNBC as Beltway stars. Armond White, National Review, 9 Dec. 2020 There’s a reason for Gunn’s distanced, uninflected tone in these years, and it’s alluded to only briefly in the letters: depression. The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 The movie is crisp and starched in its performances, pin-neat in its dramaturgy, chipper and functional in its writing, film-school patterned in its editing, and—most surprisingly—plain and uninflected in its cinematography. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2022 Hawke brings a certain spooky nonchalance to the role, conveying the mundanity of evil through the uninflected naturalism of his delivery. A.a. Dowd, Rolling Stone, 23 June 2022 And just as its allover, uninflected red doesn’t entirely flatten out the space (perspective lines, painted in reserve, remain to suggest depth), the colored works arrayed around the studio break up the monochrome with exquisite harmonies. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 22 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uninflected was in 1713

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“Uninflected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninflected. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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