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inarticulate

in·ar·tic·u·late

inarticulate

pronunciation:
In ar tIk y liht
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not comprehensible as spoken language.
She uttered nothing but inarticulate noises.
antonyms:
articulate
definition 2: unable to express oneself clearly and effectively.
an inarticulate spokesman for the new product
antonyms:
articulate, eloquent, fluent, silver-tongued
definition 3: incapable of intelligible speech, as from anger or surprise.
inarticulate with amazement
definition 4: not expressed or articulated.
inarticulate desires
antonyms:
articulate
definition 5: in biology, not segmented or jointed.
derivations: inarticulately (adv.), inarticulateness (n.)
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The word inarticulate contains the following part:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.