[kuh-myoo-ni-key-tiv, -kuh-tiv]


inclined to communicate or impart; talkative: He isn't feeling very communicative today.
of or relating to communication.

Also com·mu·ni·ca·to·ry [kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəˈmyu nɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.

Origin of communicative

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin commūnicātīvus, equivalent to commūnicāt(us) (see communicate) + -īvus -ive
Related formscom·mu·ni·ca·tive·ly, adverbcom·mu·ni·ca·tive·ness, nounnon·com·mu·ni·ca·tive, adjectivenon·com·mu·ni·ca·tive·ly, adverbnon·com·mu·ni·ca·tive·ness, nouno·ver·com·mu·ni·ca·tive, adjectivesem·i·com·mu·ni·ca·tive, adjective

Synonyms for communicative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for communicative

Contemporary Examples of communicative

  • Experiments showed that chimps, the animal closest to humans, were hopeless at reading what Hare calls ‘communicative intention’.

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    The Genius of Dogs

    David Frum

    March 10, 2013

  • Recurrent sociological interpretations emphasize the communicative value of crying.

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    Why Do We Cry?

    Michael Trimble

    January 10, 2013

Historical Examples of communicative

British Dictionary definitions for communicative



inclined or able to communicate readily; talkative
of or relating to communication
Derived Formscommunicatively, adverbcommunicativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for communicative

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.

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