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in·ar·tic·u·late

inarticulate

 
pronunciation:
In ar tIk y liht
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), 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.
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)inarticulate alone, completely, deep, generally, loud, merely, otherwise, rather, remarkably, slightly, somewhat, surprisingly
(adj.)inarticulate + noun absence, bond, character, confusion, cry, desire, dog, dread, equipment, fear, gesture, grunt, heart, lesson, master, meaning, minority, noise, pain, passion, rage, raid, reader, respect, scream, series, sort, soul, sound, speech, testimony, understanding, violence, wish  [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: inarticulately (adv.), inarticulateness (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
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.