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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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  • The spirit of genius breathes where it will, and unfortunately it is incommunicable.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • It was something unique, peculiar to himself and incommunicable.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • Now, on the contrary, the outside of the mail had its own incommunicable advantages.

  • Each experience was solitary, unique, it had its own incommunicable quality.

    The Creators May Sinclair
  • Incidentally she partook of another quality of soft new snow—one by no means so incommunicable.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • There are ways of managing these men that are incommunicable.

    My Wife and I Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • It is the most tangible proof that a writer possesses that power which at the start we spoke of as inborn and incommunicable.

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

    Some Persons Unknown E. W. Hornung
  • She sighed, teased by desires so incoherent, so incommunicable.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
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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