[kuh-myoo-ni-key-tiv, -kuh-tiv]
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. 2018

Examples from the Web for noncommunicative

Historical Examples of noncommunicative

  • He was a sullen and noncommunicative person and intimated that he had suited his own convenience in coming on from the West.

British Dictionary definitions for noncommunicative


  1. inclined or able to communicate readily; talkative
  2. of or relating to communication
Derived Formscommunicatively, adverbcommunicativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for noncommunicative



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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