inarticulate

[in-ahr-tik-yuh-lit]
adjective
1.
lacking the ability to express oneself, especially in clear and effective speech: an inarticulate public speaker.
2.
unable to use articulate speech: inarticulate with rage.
3.
not articulate; not uttered or emitted with expressive or intelligible modulations: His mouth stuffed, he could utter only inarticulate sounds.
4.
not fully expressed or expressible: a voice choked with inarticulate agony.
5.
Anatomy, Zoology. not jointed; having no articulation or joint.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Late Latin inarticulātus. See in-3, articulate

inarticulately, adverb
inarticulateness, noun


2. mute, dumb.
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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 having no joints, segments, or articulation
 
inar'ticulately
 
adv
 
inar'ticulateness
 
n
 
inar'ticulacy
 
n

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inarticulate
c.1600, "not clear or intelligible" (of speech), from L.L. inarticulatus "indistinct," from in- "not" + articulatus, pp. of articulare (see articulation).
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inarticulate 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.

  2. Unable to speak; speechless.

  3. Unable to speak with clarity or eloquence.

  4. Not having joints or segments.


in'ar·tic'u·late·ness or in'ar·tic'u·la·cy (-lə-sē) n.
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Example sentences
Even then, employers say that many graduates emerge inarticulate, unable to
  think critically and barely able to read or write.
Bush is inarticulate, makes bad decisions, and is a product of his family and
  connections.
The old colonial empires have disintegrated, and a new spirit of nationalism
  pervades lands that were once inarticulate.
Some writers appear to believe that emotions gain in intensity through being
  inarticulate.
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