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Definitionunable to communicate clearly (or to use words) in various senses such as:
- unable to find good words to express oneself — "She gets nervous and inarticulate whenever he's around."
- verbally expressing a feeling without words — "She uttered an inarticulate cry of despair."
- unable to make oneself heard and understood — "She mumbled inarticulately."
- unable to speak — "She was inarticulate with rage."
or (more rarely): a feeling or idea that is not expressed — as in "We shared an inarticulate fear."
- She broke continually into shouts of a wild, inarticulate, and sometimes piercing music.Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (25% in)
- ...such affinity with his patient's, that this last shall unawares have spoken what he imagines himself only to have thought; if such revelations be received without tumult, and acknowledged not so often by an uttered sympathy as by silence, an inarticulate breath, and here and there a word to indicate that all is understood; if to these qualifications of a confidant be joined the advantages afforded by his recognised character as a physician;—then, at some inevitable moment, will the...Chapter 9 -- The Leech (64% in)
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