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[kuh-myoo-ni-key-tiv, -kuh-tiv]
  1. inclined to communicate or impart; talkative: He isn't feeling very communicative today.
  2. of or relating to communication.
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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

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Examples from the Web for communicativeness

Historical Examples of communicativeness

  • The Emperor's burgundy, no doubt, had warmed his spirit to communicativeness.

    Robert Orange

    John Oliver Hobbes

  • But I do blame her for giving way to what was in the end a desire for communicativeness.

    The Good Soldier

    Ford Madox Ford

  • Andersonville did not improve either his temper or his communicativeness.

  • There is a curious reservation in the communicativeness of a Russian.

  • This communicativeness is not 82 confined to the inmates of hospitals.

British Dictionary definitions for communicativeness


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



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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