[ kuh-myoo-ni-key-tiv, -kuh-tiv ]
/ kəˈmyu nɪˌkeɪ tɪv, -kə tɪv /


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

Nearby words

  1. communication disorder,
  2. communication engineering,
  3. communication interface,
  4. communication theory,
  5. communications satellite,
  6. communicative competence,
  7. communicator,
  8. communicology,
  9. communion,
  10. communion cloth

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

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British Dictionary definitions for communicative


/ (kəˈmjuːnɪkətɪv) /


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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