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[kuh-myoo-ni-key-tiv, -kuh-tiv] /kəˈmyu nɪˌkeɪ tɪv, -kə tɪv/
inclined to communicate or impart; talkative:
He isn't feeling very communicative today.
of or relating to communication.
Also, communicatory
[kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəˈmyu nɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
Origin of communicative
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin commūnicātīvus, equivalent to commūnicāt(us) (see communicate) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
communicatively, adverb
communicativeness, noun
noncommunicative, adjective
noncommunicatively, adverb
noncommunicativeness, noun
overcommunicative, adjective
semicommunicative, adjective
1. free-spoken, loquacious, voluble, expansive. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for communicative
  • No ill-timed censure ever indiscreetly checked the pupil's communicative temper.
  • She continued to smile, and there was something communicative and exultant in her expression.
  • It remains unclear to many what effect the agreement will have on the communicative and civil rights of citizens around the world.
  • He was a teacher of rare communicative talent, as television audiences discovered.
  • The communicative domain enriches literature with new constructive principles.
British Dictionary definitions for communicative


inclined or able to communicate readily; talkative
of or relating to communication
Derived Forms
communicatively, adverb
communicativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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