Inculcate definition

ĭn-kŭlkāt, ĭnkŭl-
To impress upon the mind by frequent repetition or persistent urging.
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To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

Inculcating sound principles.

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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.

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To teach (others) by frequent instruction or repetition; indoctrinate.

Inculcate the young with a sense of duty.

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To teach by repeated instruction.
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To induce understanding or a particular sentiment in a person or persons.
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Origin of inculcate

  • Latin inculcāre inculcāt- to force upon in- on in–2 calcāre to trample (from calx calc- heel)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From inculcātus, perfect passive participle of inculcō (“impress upon, force upon”), from in + calcō (“tread upon, trample”), from calx (“heel”).

    From Wiktionary