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Part of speech: verb

Origin: Latin, mid 16th century


Instill (an attitude, idea, or habit) by persistent instruction.


Teach (someone) an attitude, idea, or habit by persistent instruction.

Examples of Inculcate in a sentence

"She finally managed to inculcate a better sense of responsibility in her roommates."

"The new lecturer was eager to inculcate principles of Asian philosophies to his students."

About Inculcate

This verb will leave an imprint on your vocabulary; it comes from the Latin word "inculcare," which roughly translates as "to tread into." The act of instilling a particular idea, habit, or attitude into another person is similar to leaving a footprint behind in the soft earth — it creates a guide to rely on for future behavior.

Did you Know?

People wishing to inculcate a certain habit into their lifestyle could hire a personal trainer or ask friends to hold them accountable. Regardless of the means of transmission, people who are attempting to create healthier habits often need instruction and encouragement to keep going.

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