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Thursday, August 07, 2003

Definitions for incommunicado

  1. Without the means or right to communicate.

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Citations for incommunicado
Western diplomats in Cuba said yesterday that the fact that the six have been held incommunicado for so long suggests that the Cubans fear they pose a security threat. Daniel McGrory, Times (London)
This was Morrison's last despatch. Shortly after it was sent, the Boxers cut the telegraph line. Peking was not only besieged, but incommunicado. Martin Gilbert, A History of the Twentieth Century: Volume One, 1900-1933
Origin of incommunicado
Incommunicado comes from Spanish incomunicado, past participle of incomunicar, "to cut off," from in- (from Latin) + comunicar, "to communicate," from Latin communicare, from communis, "common."