I. adjective Etymology: Late Latin inarticulatus, from Latin in- + articulatus, past participle of articulare to utter distinctly — more at articulate Date: 1603 1. a. of a sound uttered or formed without the definite articulations of intelligible speech b. (1) incapable of speech especially under stress of emotion ; mute (2) incapable of being expressed by speech <
inarticulate fear
(3) not voiced or expressed ; unspoken <
society functions on many inarticulate premises
2. incapable of giving coherent, clear, or effective expression to one's ideas or feelings 3. [New Latin inarticulatus, from Latin in- + New Latin articulatus articulate] relating to, characteristic of, or being an inarticulate or its shell • inarticulately adverbinarticulateness noun II. noun Date: 1952 any of a class (Inarticulata) of brachiopods lacking a hinge connecting the two shell valves

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  • Inarticulate — In ar*tic u*late, a. [L. inarticulatus; pref. in not + articulatus articulate.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not uttered with articulation or intelligible distinctness, as speech or words. [1913 Webster] Music which is inarticulate poesy. Dryden. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inarticulate — [in΄är tik′yo͞o lit, in΄är tik′yəlit] adj. [LL inarticulatus: see IN 2 & ARTICULATE] 1. produced without the normal articulation of understandable speech: said of vocal sounds [an inarticulate cry] 2. a) not able to speak, as because of strong… …   English World dictionary

  • inarticulate — (adj.) c.1600, not clear or intelligible (of speech), from L.L. inarticulatus inarticulate, indistinct, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + articulatus, pp. of articulare (see ARTICULATION (Cf. articulation)). Related: Inarticulately;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • inarticulate — I adjective close, guarded, inaudible, incommunicative, incomprehensible, inconversable, indistinct, indistinguishable, laconic, monosyllabic, mute, parum distinctus, reserved, reticent, silent, sparing of words, taciturn, tongue tied, unclear,… …   Law dictionary

  • inarticulate — *dumb, speechless, mute Analogous words: *silent, taciturn, reserved Antonyms: articulate Contrasted words: *vocal, fluent, eloquent, voluble, glib …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inarticulate — [adj] unable to speak well blurred, dumb, faltering, halting, hesitant, hesitating, inaudible, incoherent, incomprehensible, indistinct, maundering, muffled, mumbled, mumbling, mute, obscure, reticent, silent, speechless, stammering, tongue tied …   New thesaurus

  • inarticulate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) unable to speak distinctly or express oneself clearly. 2) unspoken or not expressed in words. 3) without joints or articulations. DERIVATIVES inarticulacy noun inarticulately adverb inarticulateness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • inarticulate — inarticulately, adv. inarticulateness, n. /in ahr tik yeuh lit/, adj. 1. lacking the ability to express oneself, esp. in clear and effective speech: an inarticulate public speaker. 2. unable to use articulate speech: inarticulate with rage. 3.… …   Universalium

  • inarticulate — in|ar|tic|u|late [ˌına:ˈtıkjulıt US a:r ] adj 1.) not able to express your feelings clearly or easily ≠ ↑articulate ▪ My meetings with him left me inarticulate with rage. 2.) speech that is inarticulate is not clearly expressed or pronounced ≠… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • inarticulate — [[t]ɪ̱nɑː(r)tɪ̱kjʊlət[/t]] ADJ GRADED If someone is inarticulate, they are unable to express themselves easily or well in speech. Inarticulate and rather shy, he had always dreaded speaking in public... Kempton made an inarticulate noise at the… …   English dictionary

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