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[kuh-myoo-ni-key-tiv, -kuh-tiv] /kəˈmyu nɪˌkeɪ tɪv, -kə tɪv/
inclined to communicate or impart; talkative:
He isn't feeling very communicative today.
of or relating to communication.
Also, communicatory
[kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəˈmyu nɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
Origin of communicative
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin commūnicātīvus, equivalent to commūnicāt(us) (see communicate) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
communicatively, adverb
communicativeness, noun
noncommunicative, adjective
noncommunicatively, adverb
noncommunicativeness, noun
overcommunicative, adjective
semicommunicative, adjective
1. free-spoken, loquacious, voluble, expansive. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for communicative
Contemporary Examples
  • Recurrent sociological interpretations emphasize the communicative value of crying.

  • Experiments showed that chimps, the animal closest to humans, were hopeless at reading what Hare calls ‘communicative intention’.

Historical Examples
  • The woman's eyes, which had been respectfully studying her face, brightened with a relief which made her communicative.

    The Golden Slipper Anna Katharine Green
  • My interest in the scene stirred up his, and made him communicative.

  • You're such a chatty, entertaining, communicative cuss on first acquaintance, too.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • When he found that I was a countryman, he became frank and communicative.

    In the Wilds of Florida W.H.G. Kingston
  • She has a parrot with her, and they are both very excitable and communicative.

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • She was never prone to be communicative regarding Lady Throckmorton.

    Theo Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I entered into discourse with him, and found him very good-natured and communicative.

    The Life of George Borrow Clement K. Shorter
  • Lyster did not understand it, and could not succeed in making either of them communicative.

    That Girl Montana Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for communicative


inclined or able to communicate readily; talkative
of or relating to communication
Derived Forms
communicatively, adverb
communicativeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for communicative

late 14c., "that communicates," from French communicatif, from Latin communicat-, past participle stem of communicare "impart, inform" (see communication). Meaning "talkative" is recorded from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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