[in-kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-tiv, -key-]


not communicative; reserved; uncommunicative.

Origin of incommunicative

First recorded in 1660–70; in-3 + communicative
Related formsin·com·mu·ni·ca·tive·ly, adverbin·com·mu·ni·ca·tive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for incommunicative

Historical Examples of incommunicative

  • With those who claimed my admiration and affection, it was impossible to be incommunicative.

    Arthur Mervyn

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • I certainly did not impose any unfair burden upon her incommunicative disposition.

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • Evidently there is news that spreads even among these incommunicative ghouls.

    Wild Life Near Home

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • Mrs. Tailleur's companion slid back into her seat and sat there smiling to herself and to the incommunicative night.

  • The travelling company was not large, and was composed of incommunicative persons: I could not exchange a word with any of them.

    Travels Through North America, v. 1-2

    Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach

British Dictionary definitions for incommunicative



tending not to communicate with others; taciturn
Derived Formsincommunicatively, adverbincommunicativeness, noun
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