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incommunicable

[in-kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. incapable of being communicated, imparted, shared, etc.
  2. not communicative; taciturn.
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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
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  • Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.

    My Antonia

    Willa Cather

  • Men burthened with great sorrows know them to be incommunicable.

    A Sheaf of Corn

    Mary E. Mann

  • It was something unique, peculiar to himself and incommunicable.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair

  • Each experience was solitary, unique, it had its own incommunicable quality.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair

  • The perception of this harmony is their only and incommunicable proof.

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for incommunicable

incommunicable

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

adj.

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

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