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


inclined to communicate or impart; talkative: He isn't feeling very communicative today.
of or relating to communication.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-communicative

Contemporary Examples of non-communicative

Historical Examples of non-communicative

  • Gertrude, however, was still grave and absent-minded and non-communicative.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Her strange father was non-communicative and silent as the grave.

    The Witch of Salem

    John R. Musick

  • But he was as non-communicative as ever, totally absorbed in this terrible business that obsessed him.

    The Loyalist

    James Francis Barrett

  • But for an intimate chum you are the most remarkably secretive, non-communicative, open-hearted fellow that ever lived.

    An Annapolis First Classman

    Lt.Com Edward L. Beach

  • At his new boarding-place, Darius Holt's, he answered no questions concerning his plans, and was silent and non-communicative.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for non-communicative



inclined or able to communicate readily; talkative
of or relating to communication
Derived Formscommunicatively, adverbcommunicativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-communicative



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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