[ in-kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-buhl ]
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  1. incapable of being communicated, imparted, shared, etc.

  2. not communicative; taciturn.

Origin of incommunicable

From the Late Latin word incommūnicābilis, dating back to 1560–70. See in-3, communicable

Other words from incommunicable

  • in·com·mu·ni·ca·bil·i·ty, in·com·mu·ni·ca·ble·ness, noun
  • in·com·mu·ni·ca·bly, adverb

Words Nearby incommunicable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use incommunicable in a sentence

  • The incommunicable thrill of things, that is the tuning-fork by which we test the flatness of our art.

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  • This lyric expressed for the two boys the incommunicable aspirations of their most sacred moments.

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  • He had been annoyed out of all reason by the knowledge that they lay below him through the sick idle days—a burden incommunicable.

    Kim | Rudyard Kipling
  • A sentiment is an infinite and incommunicable thing; no learning and no effort will ever reproduce it absolutely.

    The Story of Perugia | Margaret Symonds
  • They say she has an incommunicable charm, accounting for the price he puts on her now she holds aloof and he misses it.

  • The author's vivid and imaginative sympathy has really enabled her in some degree to communicate the incommunicable.

    Married Love | Marie Carmichael Stopes

British Dictionary definitions for incommunicable


/ (ˌɪnkəˈmjuːnɪkəbəl) /

  1. incapable of being communicated

  2. an obsolete word for incommunicative

Derived forms of incommunicable

  • incommunicability or incommunicableness, noun
  • incommunicably, adverb

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