inarticulate

[ in-ahr-tik-yuh-lit ]
/ ˌɪn ɑrˈtɪk yə lɪt /

adjective

lacking the ability to express oneself, especially in clear and effective speech: an inarticulate public speaker.
unable to use articulate speech: inarticulate with rage.
not articulate; not uttered or emitted with expressive or intelligible modulations: His mouth stuffed, he could utter only inarticulate sounds.
not fully expressed or expressible: a voice choked with inarticulate agony.
Anatomy, Zoology. not jointed; having no articulation or joint.

Origin of inarticulate

From the Late Latin word inarticulātus, dating back to 1595–1605. See in-3, articulate
Related formsin·ar·tic·u·late·ly, adverbin·ar·tic·u·late·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for inarticulateness

inarticulate

/ (ˌɪnɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt) /

adjective

unable to express oneself fluently or clearly; incoherent
(of speech, language, etc) unclear or incomprehensible; unintelligibleinarticulate grunts
unable to speak; dumb
unable to be expressed; unvoicedinarticulate suffering
biology having no joints, segments, or articulation
Derived Formsinarticulately, adverbinarticulateness or inarticulacy, noun
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Word Origin and History for inarticulateness

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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Medicine definitions for inarticulateness

inarticulate

[ ĭn′är-tĭkyə-lĭt ]

adj.

Uttered without the use of normal words or syllables; incomprehensible as speech or language.
Unable to speak; speechless.
Unable to speak with clarity or eloquence.
Not having joints or segments.
Related formsin′ar•ticu•late•ness null n.
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