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[in-kuhl-keyt, in-kuhl-keyt] /ɪnˈkʌl keɪt, ˈɪn kʌlˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), inculcated, inculcating.
to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly (usually followed by upon or in):
to inculcate virtue in the young.
to cause or influence (someone) to accept an idea or feeling (usually followed by with):
Socrates inculcated his pupils with the love of truth.
Origin of inculcate
1540-50; < Latin inculcātus past participle of inculcāre to trample, impress, stuff in, equivalent to in- in-2 + culc- (variant, in noninitial position, of calc-, stem of calx heel) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
inculcation, noun
[in-kuhl-kuh-tiv] /ɪnˈkʌl kə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
inculcatory, adjective
inculcator, noun
Can be confused
inculcate, indoctrinate.
1. instill, infix, ingrain. Unabridged
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  • It was inculcated by Washington; it has been adhered to by his successors ever since.

  • It was a patterned, an inculcated, a stage-directed fixed idea.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • By its teachings and its obligations, universal charity was inculcated.

    Mysticism and its Results John Delafield
  • The probability is, that the principles they inculcated achieved your fortune.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • But this self-command is inculcated that we may be fit to pray.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • "Honour thy father and mother" was inculcated there every seventh day.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • From Osborne and Britannia days sincerity seems to have been inculcated into them.

    Some Naval Yarns Mordaunt Hall
  • So long as slavery lasted, the lesson he then inculcated was never forgotten.

    James Madison

    Sydney Howard Gay
British Dictionary definitions for inculcated


/ˈɪnkʌlˌkeɪt; ɪnˈkʌlkeɪt/
(transitive) to instil by forceful or insistent repetition
Derived Forms
inculcation, noun
inculcator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin inculcāre to tread upon, ram down, from in-² + calcāre to trample, from calx heel
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Contemporary definitions for inculcated

to cause to accept a belief or idea through repetition

Word Origin

Latin in- + calcare 'to trample''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for inculcated



1540s, from Latin inculcatus, past participle of inculcare "force upon, stamp in, tread down," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + calcare "to tread, press in," from calx (1) "heel." Related: Inculcated; inculcating.

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