V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: not able to speak clearly, understandably, or effectively

Synonyms: incoherent, unintelligible, faltering, incomprehensible, disjointed

Antonyms: articulate, clear, understandable, comprehensible, coherent

Tips: In biology, inarticulate means "not joined." This was the original meaning of the word. It carries over to modern usage in that inarticulate speech is often disjointed. Inarticulate and incoherent are synonymous. Use inarticulate to describe someone who is having a difficult time expressing himself or finding the right words. Use incoherent to describe someone who is unclear or unorganized in expressing himself.

Usage Examples:

Although he was a bright young man, he always became hopelessly inarticulate when the girl he liked came around. (incoherent, faltering)

The choking man tried to ask for help, but all that came out were inarticulate squeaks and gasps. (unintelligible, incoherent)

Why is it that men are hopelessly inarticulate whenever asked to describe their emotions? (incoherent, disjointed, faltering)

His speech was inarticulate; I'm afraid it's because he had too much to drink earlier in the night. (disjointed, faltering, incoherent)

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