[ in-kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-buh l ]
/ ˌɪn kəˈmyu nɪ kə bəl /


incapable of being communicated, imparted, shared, etc.
not communicative; taciturn.

Origin of incommunicable

From the Late Latin word incommūnicābilis, dating back to 1560–70. See in-3, communicable
Related formsin·com·mu·ni·ca·bil·i·ty, in·com·mu·ni·ca·ble·ness, nounin·com·mu·ni·ca·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for incommunicable


/ (ˌɪnkəˈmjuːnɪkəbəl) /


incapable of being communicated
an obsolete word for incommunicative
Derived Formsincommunicability or incommunicableness, nounincommunicably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incommunicable



1560s, "not communicative," from in- (1) "not" + communicable. Sense of "not able to be communicated" first recorded 1570s. Related: Incommunicably.

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