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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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Examples from the Web for incommunicative
Historical Examples
  • With those who claimed my admiration and affection, it was impossible to be incommunicative.

    Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown
  • I certainly did not impose any unfair burden upon her incommunicative disposition.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • Evidently there is news that spreads even among these incommunicative ghouls.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Still as we travelled he grew more sullen, became restless, incommunicative, and muttered occasionally to himself.

  • 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
  • How miserable, how deservedly miserable is an incommunicative selfishness!

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for incommunicative


tending not to communicate with others; taciturn
Derived Forms
incommunicatively, adverb
incommunicativeness, noun
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