- The definition of inculcate is to teach or instill something in a person by repeating the lesson over and over.
When you teach your child over and over that lying is wrong by persistently repeating the lesson, this is an example of inculcate.
transitive verbin·cul·cat·ed, in·cul·cat·ing, in·cul·cates
- To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill: inculcating sound principles.
- To teach (others) by frequent instruction or repetition; indoctrinate: inculcate the young with a sense of duty.
Origin of inculcateLatin inculcāre, inculcāt-, to force upon : in-, on; see in–2 + calcāre, to trample (from calx, calc-, heel).
(third-person singular simple present inculcates, present participle inculcating, simple past and past participle inculcated)
From inculcātus, perfect passive participle of inculcō (“impress upon, force upon”), from in + calcō (“tread upon, trample”), from calx (“heel”).