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[in-kuh-myoo-ni-kah-doh] /ˌɪn kəˌmyu nɪˈkɑ doʊ/
(especially of a prisoner) deprived of any communication with others.
Origin of incommunicado
1835-45, Americanism; < Spanish incomunicado. See in-3, communicate Unabridged
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  • Its secret prisons, into which suspects are disappeared for incommunicado interrogation, remain open.
  • The leading political figures of the day were held incommunicado.
  • Lengthy pretrial and incommunicado detention remained a serious problem.
  • In these cases a judge also may order incommunicado detention for the entire duration of police custody.
  • The law provides for family visitation, but incommunicado detention remained a problem.
  • Several groups expressed concern over the situation of detainees held incommunicado, but the government did not respond.
  • There are no restrictions on the ability of the government to detain and imprison persons at will and to hold them incommunicado.
  • Lengthy pretrial detention and incommunicado detention occurred frequently.
  • During the year, there were no cases of incommunicado detention.
  • On occasion authorities held detainees incommunicado.
British Dictionary definitions for incommunicado


adverb, adjective
(postpositive) deprived of communication with other people, as while in solitary confinement
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish incomunicado, from incomunicar to deprive of communication; see in-1, communicate
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Word Origin and History for incommunicado

1844, American English, from Spanish incomunicado, past participle of incomunicar "deprive of communication," from in- "not" + comunicar "communicate," from Latin communicare "to share, impart" (see communication).

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