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inarticulate

[in-ahr-tik-yuh-lit] /ˌɪn ɑrˈtɪk yə lɪt/
adjective
1.
lacking the ability to express oneself, especially in clear and effective speech:
an inarticulate public speaker.
2.
unable to use articulate speech:
inarticulate with rage.
3.
not articulate; not uttered or emitted with expressive or intelligible modulations:
His mouth stuffed, he could utter only inarticulate sounds.
4.
not fully expressed or expressible:
a voice choked with inarticulate agony.
5.
Anatomy, Zoology. not jointed; having no articulation or joint.
Origin of inarticulate
1595-1605
From the Late Latin word inarticulātus, dating back to 1595-1605. See in-3, articulate
Related forms
inarticulately, adverb
inarticulateness, noun
Synonyms
2. mute, dumb.
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Examples from the Web for inarticulate
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  • Nevertheless, there was no anger in Dr. Ed's mind, only a vague and inarticulate regret.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He did not speak, but he made an inarticulate noise between a grunt and a sniff.

  • His love partook of the nature of worship, dumb, inarticulate, a silent adoration.

    White Fang Jack London
  • There was silence as deep as before, after one short, inarticulate murmur.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Then a strange, inarticulate cry was smothered in her throat.

British Dictionary definitions for inarticulate

inarticulate

/ˌɪnɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt/
adjective
1.
unable to express oneself fluently or clearly; incoherent
2.
(of speech, language, etc) unclear or incomprehensible; unintelligible: inarticulate grunts
3.
unable to speak; dumb
4.
unable to be expressed; unvoiced: inarticulate suffering
5.
(biology) having no joints, segments, or articulation
Derived Forms
inarticulately, adverb
inarticulateness, inarticulacy, noun
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Word Origin and History for inarticulate
adj.

c.1600, "not clear or intelligible" (of speech), from Late Latin inarticulatus "inarticulate, indistinct," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + articulatus, past participle of articulare (see articulation). Related: Inarticulately; inarticulateness.

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inarticulate in Medicine

inarticulate in·ar·tic·u·late (ĭn'är-tĭk'yə-lĭt)
adj.

  1. Uttered without the use of normal words or syllables; incomprehensible as speech or language.

  2. Unable to speak; speechless.

  3. Unable to speak with clarity or eloquence.

  4. Not having joints or segments.


in'ar·tic'u·late·ness or in'ar·tic'u·la·cy (-lə-sē) n.
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