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[in-kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-tiv, -key-] /ˌɪn kəˈmyu nɪ kə tɪv, -ˌkeɪ-/
not communicative; reserved; uncommunicative.
Origin of incommunicative
First recorded in 1660-70; in-3 + communicative
Related forms
incommunicatively, adverb
incommunicativeness, noun Unabridged
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  • When you met him on the stairs he was incommunicative and gloomy; and whatever you asked him to do he was too busy to do it.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • Evidently there is news that spreads even among these incommunicative ghouls.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • I certainly did not impose any unfair burden upon her incommunicative disposition.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • Still as we travelled he grew more sullen, became restless, incommunicative, and muttered occasionally to himself.

  • With those who claimed my admiration and affection, it was impossible to be incommunicative.

    Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown
  • How miserable, how deservedly miserable is an incommunicative selfishness!

  • The travelling company was not large, and was composed of incommunicative persons: I could not exchange a word with any of them.

    Travels Through North America, v. 1-2 Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
  • O Death, thou strange mysterious power,—seen every day, yet never understood but by the incommunicative dead—what art thou?

    Dramatic Technique George Pierce Baker
  • Mrs. Tailleur's companion slid back into her seat and sat there smiling to herself and to the incommunicative night.

    The Immortal Moment May Sinclair
  • incommunicative as he was, some time elapsed before I had an opportunity of gauging his mind.

    The Key to the Bront Works John Malham-Dembleby
British Dictionary definitions for incommunicative


tending not to communicate with others; taciturn
Derived Forms
incommunicatively, adverb
incommunicativeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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