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[uhn-kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-tiv, -key-tiv] /ˌʌn kəˈmyu nɪ kə tɪv, -ˌkeɪ tɪv/
not inclined to talk or disclose information; reserved; taciturn.
Origin of uncommunicative
1685-95; un-1 + communicative
Related forms
uncommunicatively, adverb
uncommunicativeness, noun
reticent, withdrawn, retiring, shy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for uncommunicative
  • Much psychiatric medicine is undramatic stuff, involving the prescription of drugs to uncommunicative patients.
  • uncommunicative, she may actually have been drowned out by the ruckus of a family that never stopped yapping and complaining.
  • The sodium amobarbital interview is useful in the differential diagnosis of the mute, uncommunicative, or catatonic patient.
  • He was generally uncommunicative when team members tried to talk to him about his case.
  • She tantalizes him and disrupts his equanimity while remaining mysteriously uncommunicative about details of her daily existence.
  • Clients who are quiet and uncommunicative may be concealing issues that should be elicited and discussed.
  • Tend to be withdrawn, sensitive, and uncommunicative.
  • They were equally uncommunicative as to the wording of their ear proposition.
British Dictionary definitions for uncommunicative


disinclined to talk or give information or opinions
Derived Forms
uncommunicatively, adverb
uncommunicativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncommunicative

1690s, from un- (1) "not" + communicative.

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