un·​in·​flect·​ed | \ ˌən-in-ˈflek-təd How to pronounce uninflected (audio) \

Definition of uninflected

: 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 The arrival of a dairy cow by boat from California into this rural backwater of new settlers is an almost surreal event, though it's witnessed in the director's typically uninflected manner. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'First Cow': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Everything about Ema is such a pose that even the performance of a talented actor like Bernal, who did memorably intense work for Larrain in Neruda and No, comes off as dull and uninflected. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ema': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 The report’s uninflected narrative—not an adjective or characterization in sight—actually serves to heighten the drama inherent in this scene. Linda Greenhouse, The New York Review of Books, "The Impeachment Question," 30 May 2019 Each monitor tells its own, slow-moving story in one long take from a single, uninflected point of view, the images behaving more like hybrids of photograph and movie than either one alone. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Scenes of a privileged paradise that can never be in Ragnar Kjartansson’s ‘Western Culture’," 25 May 2018 Both Fennell and Doheny belt out Cole Porter in an uninflected way, adding to your sense that the songs in Can-Can are not truly organic to the story. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "'Can-Can' at Broadway Pitman: Energetic, with great song and dance, but dated," 30 Apr. 2018 For this, boxes of uninflected balls awaited us, on our arrival, and every cardboard box was marked with a scrawl: DOOMED. Monica Drake, Longreads, "Doomed in Nashville," 5 Mar. 2018 Even more noticeable is his uninflected direction and visual style. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Burden': Film Review | Sundance 2018," 22 Jan. 2018 This line, delivered in his usual uninflected, unemphatic tone, is chilling, something that the villain in a Hitchcock thriller, one of those immaculately amoral gentleman-monsters, might have said. Lili Anolik, Vanities, "Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick: A Brief, White-Hot, and Totally Doomed Romance," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of uninflected

1713, in the meaning defined above

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“Uninflected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninflected. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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