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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for communicativeness
Historical Examples
  • The Emperor's burgundy, no doubt, had warmed his spirit to communicativeness.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • But I do blame her for giving way to what was in the end a desire for communicativeness.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • Andersonville did not improve either his temper or his communicativeness.

  • There is a curious reservation in the communicativeness of a Russian.

  • This communicativeness is not 82 confined to the inmates of hospitals.

  • With all his communicativeness he was reserved; the most intimate emotions of his heart were never revealed.

  • She left Bernstein's room all thrilling with joy, and repentant for her excess of communicativeness.

    Yekl Abraham Cahan
  • What is noteworthy in Lavater's record, indeed, is Goethe's communicativeness and spontaneity in all that concerned himself.

    The Youth of Goethe Peter Hume Brown
  • Lindsay's communicativeness seemed to contract a little, as at the touch of a finger light but cold.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • The Driver (to the Surly Passenger, with another outburst of communicativeness).

British Dictionary definitions for communicativeness


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 communicativeness



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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