Adjective "articulate" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently.
  1. 'he was not very articulate'
  2. 'I think it's a well-designed site, and there s absolutely no doubt that the chap that writes it is articulate, eloquent and well-read.'
  3. 'I've spoken to a lot of people who just seem to have achieved an incredible ability to be articulate when talking about their problems.'
  4. 'Indeed, as government ministers go he is one of the more articulate and intelligent.'
  5. 'There, I spoke to an articulate grown-up, who took no more than two minutes to explain that the GPRS is still linked to the SIM in my old phone, but should be activated on my new one by tomorrow evening.'
  6. 'Yet the confusing thing about her mania, says Todd, is her ability to remain articulate, clever and funny.'
  7. 'In fact, a 1936 survey found that the WEA had created an articulate and obstreperous working-class intelligentsia.'
  8. 'Of course, I didn't stop listening to American music, but it was true that, after grunge, this new literate, articulate and understandable music was welcome.'
  9. 'I really enjoyed reading your email to Pitchfork; it was articulate and intelligently argued.'
  10. 'He's articulate, succinct and speaks with a quiet righteousness.'
  11. 'Raynal's Wrecked on a Reef is an articulate account written with great attention to the accurate recording of all the nasty, demanding details of their ordeal.'
Having joints or jointed segments.
  1. 'In the most recent classification they are considered a distinct class related to the articulate line.'
  2. 'The epipodials are parallel, and both articulate with identifiable tarsal elements.'
  3. 'Terebratulids are one of the only two living orders of articulate brachiopods, the other being the Rhynchonellida.'
  4. 'The Atdabanian epoch saw the emergence of the calcareous shelled Nisusiidae, the earliest and most primitive of the articulate brachiopods.'
  5. 'The Strophomenata are a wholly Paleozoic class; one of the two classes of advanced articulate brachiopods.'


Pronounce (something) clearly and distinctly.
  1. 'Details that are often obscured in performances by lesser artists were clearly articulated.'
  2. 'She had a thick Chechen accent but she articulated each word clearly.'
  3. 'The built-in voice chip clearly articulates the word or phrase in the chosen language.'
  4. 'The recording is close, and the playing, though more expressive than was usual half a century ago, is rather too obtrusively articulated to serve as a model.'
  5. 'Dialogue is, for the most part, well placed and clearly articulated.'
  6. 'Every sound and syllable is perfectly and distinctly articulated, granting the album a much greater capacity for detail and profundity.'
  7. 'If it continues to be a problem, they're going to have to speak up and articulate their position.'
  8. 'How can a self-described ‘old-fashioned liberal and egalitarian’ like Asimov articulate such an elitist view?'
  9. 'It has to be said that in terms of responding to the clearly defined and consistently articulated demands of the people of Down District, the performance of successive Health Ministers has left a lot to be desired.'
  10. 'They're smart enough to think about and articulate arguments coherently.'
  11. 'Camp programs attempt to address ethics and values; staff must be able to clearly articulate these values.'
  12. 'However, he was unable to articulate his thoughts on the subject in a manner that would transform that abstract notion of humility into reality.'
  13. 'In the Manuscripts Marx clearly articulates the role of the human subject as mediator of the social objectivity.'
  14. 'Elementary-school children may more directly articulate their feelings of sadness or anger about a parent's departure.'
  15. 'He was clearly uncomfortable with the analogy, but does not clearly articulate many objections to it.'
  16. 'The key to that is somebody with at least a strong, identifiable personality, coupled with street smarts and a clearly articulated vision.'
Form a joint.
  1. 'An enlarged hamulus may articulate with the maxillary process of the zygomatic bone.'
  2. 'The condyles articulate with the atlas; occasionally, a facet located on the anterior margin of the foramen magnum, the so-called third occipital condyle, articulates with the dens.'
  3. 'The thyroid cartilage may articulate with the hyoid bone.'
  4. 'The femur, in the thigh, articulates at the hip joint with the pelvic girdle, linking the legs to the vertebral column via the sacro-iliac joints.'
  5. 'Any joint has two or more bones articulating with one another.'
  6. 'The maxillary process may articulate with the lacrimal hamulus.'
  7. 'The anterior arch may also have facets articulating with projections on the occipital bone.'
  8. 'The dorsal fins were supported by a basal element articulating with one vertebra each.'
  9. 'The radius is still expanding and will ultimately articulate with three carpal bones.'
  10. 'The humeral head articulates proximally with the scapula and is held in the socket by ligaments and muscles collectively known as the rotator cuff.'
  11. 'the wing is articulated to the thorax'
  12. 'This Troodon was an adult whose bones were still partly articulated, or joined together, a prize compared to the scattered and jumbled remains we were used to finding.'
  13. 'The labellum is fixed or, as in most cases, hinged and articulated at the base of the column.'


1. uttered clearly in distinct syllables.

2. capable of speech; not speechless.

3. using language easily and fluently; having facility with words: an articulate speaker.

4. expressed, formulated, or presented with clarity and effectiveness: an articulate thought.

5. made clear, distinct, and precise in relation to other parts: an articulate form; an articulate shape; an articulate area.

6. (of ideas, form, etc.) having a meaningful relation to other parts: an articulate

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be articulate on screens."

"people can be articulate in desires."

"people can be articulate at things."

"boths can be articulate about things."

"people can be articulate."

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Mid 16th century: from Latin articulatus, past participle of articulare ‘divide into joints, utter distinctly’, from articulus ‘small connecting part’ (see article).