- 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
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1. instill, infix, ingrain.
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- (tr) to instil by forceful or insistent repetition
C16: from Latin inculcāre to tread upon, ram down, from in- ² + calcāre to trample, from calx heel
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Word Origin and History for inculcative
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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