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uncommunicative

[uhn-kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-tiv, -key-tiv] /ˌʌn kəˈmyu nɪ kə tɪv, -ˌkeɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
not inclined to talk or disclose information; reserved; taciturn.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; un-1 + communicative
Related forms
uncommunicatively, adverb
uncommunicativeness, noun
Synonyms
reticent, withdrawn, retiring, shy.
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Examples 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  • Tend to be withdrawn, sensitive, and uncommunicative.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

uncommunicative

/ˌʌnkəˈmjuːnɪkətɪv/
adjective
1.
disinclined to talk or give information or opinions
Derived Forms
uncommunicatively, adverb
uncommunicativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncommunicative
adj.

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

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