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[in-kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-buh l] /ˌɪn kəˈmyu nɪ kə bəl/
incapable of being communicated, imparted, shared, etc.
not communicative; taciturn.
Origin of incommunicable
From the Late Latin word incommūnicābilis, dating back to 1560-70. See in-3, communicable
Related forms
incommunicability, incommunicableness, noun
incommunicably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • Men burthened with great sorrows know them to be incommunicable.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • It was something unique, peculiar to himself and incommunicable.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • Each experience was solitary, unique, it had its own incommunicable quality.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • The perception of this harmony is their only and incommunicable proof.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • There are ways of managing these men that are incommunicable.

    My Wife and I Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Now the self has just the opposite characteristic: it is incommunicable.

  • For there was a fascination in the man, incommunicable by another, and my despair as I write.

    Some Persons Unknown E. W. Hornung
  • And it is just this that makes life so hard to value, and the delight of each so incommunicable.

    Across the Plains Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for incommunicable


incapable of being communicated
an obsolete word for incommunicative
Derived Forms
incommunicability, incommunicableness, noun
incommunicably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incommunicable

1560s, "not communicative," from in- (1) "not" + communicable. Sense of "not able to be communicated" first recorded 1570s. Related: Incommunicably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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