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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: "a cry ... that ... sank down into an inarticulate whine" (Jack London).
2. Unable to speak; speechless: inarticulate with astonishment.
3. Unable to speak with clarity or eloquence: an inarticulate debater.
4. Going unexpressed: inarticulate sorrow.
5. Biology Not having joints or segments.

in′ar·tic′u·late·ly adv.
in′ar·tic′u·late·ness, in′ar·tic′u·la·cy (-lə-sē) n.
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inarticulate

(ˌɪnɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt)
adj
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) biology having no joints, segments, or articulation
ˌinarˈticulately adv
ˌinarˈticulateness, ˌinarˈticulacy n
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in•ar•tic•u•late

(ˌɪn ɑrˈtɪk yə lɪt)

adj.
1. lacking the ability to express oneself, esp. in clear and effective speech: an inarticulate speaker.
2. unable to use articulate speech: inarticulate with rage.
3. not articulate; not uttered or emitted with expressive or intelligible modulations: the baby's inarticulate sounds.
4. not fully expressed or expressible.
5. Anat., Zool. not jointed; lacking joints.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin]
in`ar•tic′u•late•ly, adv.
in`ar•tic′u•late•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inarticulate - without or deprived of the use of speech or words; "inarticulate beasts"; "remained stupidly inarticulate and saying something noncommittal"; "inarticulate with rage"; "an inarticulate cry"
incommunicative, uncommunicative - not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions
articulate - expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language; "articulate speech"; "an articulate orator"; "articulate beings"
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inarticulate

adjective
1. faltering, halting, hesitant, tongue-tied He was inarticulate and rather shy.
2. incoherent, incomprehensible, unintelligible, unclear, mumbled, muffled, indistinct, poorly spoken He made an inarticulate noise in the back of his throat.
incoherent clear, articulate, coherent, comprehensible, intelligible, well-spoken
3. mute, silent, dumb, unspoken, speechless, wordless, voiceless, unvoiced, unuttered extremes of anger, from inarticulate fury to mild irritation
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inarticulate

adjective
1. Lacking the power or faculty of speech:
2. Temporarily unable or unwilling to speak, as from shock or fear:
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Translations

inarticulate

[ˌɪnɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt] ADJ [person] → con dificultad para expresarse; [speech] → mal pronunciado; [noise, sound] → inarticulado
he was inarticulate with ragede lo furioso que estaba no podía pronunciar palabra
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inarticulate

[ˌɪnɑːrˈtɪkjʊlət] adj
[person] → qui s'exprime mal
to be inarticulate → avoir beaucoup de mal à s'exprimer
[speech] → indistinct(e)
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inarticulate

adj
essayschlecht or unklar ausgedrückt, inartikuliert (geh); speech alsoschwerfällig; she’s very inarticulatesie kann sich kaum or nur schlecht ausdrücken; a brilliant but inarticulate scientistein glänzender, aber wenig wortgewandter Wissenschaftler; inarticulate with ragesprachlos vor Zorn; just a string of inarticulate gruntsnur eine Reihe unverständlicher Grunzlaute
(Zool) → nicht gegliedert
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inarticulate

[ˌɪnɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt] adj (person) → che non sa esprimersi, che si esprime male; (speech) → inarticolato/a, confuso/a
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in·ar·tic·u·late

a. inarticulado-a, incapaz de articular palabras o sílabas.
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References in classic literature ?
For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, They arrive at their conclusions--largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none; But sometimes, in a smoking-room, one learns why things were done.
For, after all, a gale of wind, the thing of mighty sound, is inarticulate. It is man who, in a chance phrase, interprets the elemental passion of his enemy.
With inarticulate cries the men fled in terror, each in a different direction.
The little one, accustomed to be left to itself for long hours without notice from its mother, squatted down on the sack, and spread its tiny hands towards the blaze, in perfect contentment, gurgling and making many inarticulate communications to the cheerful fire, like a new-hatched gosling beginning to find itself comfortable.
Farebrother, like another White of Selborne, having continually something new to tell of his inarticulate guests and proteges, whom he was teaching the boys not to torment; and he had just set up a pair of beautiful goats to be pets of the village in general, and to walk at large as sacred animals.
He sleeps a drugged sleep, and, if he dream, his dreams are dim and inarticulate. But to the imaginative man, John Barleycorn sends the pitiless, spectral syllogisms of the white logic.
With an effort he sat up, uttering an inarticulate cry.
Grose, but she was there most for Flora; and no moment of my monstrous time was perhaps so extraordinary as that in which I consciously threw out to her-- with the sense that, pale and ravenous demon as she was, she would catch and understand it--an inarticulate message of gratitude.
Villefort rose, or rather sprang, from his chair, hastily opened one of the drawers of his desk, emptied all the gold it contained into his pocket, stood motionless an instant, his hand pressed to his head, muttered a few inarticulate sounds, and then, perceiving that his servant had placed his cloak on his shoulders, he sprang into the carriage, ordering the postilions to drive to M.
When Michael would have gone forward, the man withstrained him with the same inarticulate, almost inaudible kiss.
The muff, I acknowledge, is the young lady's; but, upon my honour, I have never seen her." At these words Western lost all patience, and grew inarticulate with rage.
The surprise petrified her an instant: she uttered an inarticulate exclamation, and stood fixed.