Inculcate Definition

ĭn-kŭlkāt, ĭnkŭl-
inculcated, inculcates, inculcating
inculcated, inculcates, inculcating
To impress upon the mind by frequent repetition or persistent urging.
Webster's New World
To teach (others) by frequent instruction or repetition; indoctrinate.
Inculcate the young with a sense of duty.
American Heritage

To teach by repeated instruction.


To induce understanding or a particular sentiment in a person or persons.


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

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