com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​ble | \ kə-ˈmyü-ni-kə-bəl How to pronounce communicable (audio) \

Definition of communicable

1 : capable of being communicated : transmittable communicable diseases
2 : communicative prove myself a gentleman, by being … virtuous and communicable— Izaac Walton

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Other Words from communicable

communicability \ kə-​ˌmyü-​ni-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce communicability (audio) \ noun
communicableness \ kə-​ˈmyü-​ni-​kə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce communicableness (audio) \ noun
communicably \ kə-​ˈmyü-​ni-​kə-​blē How to pronounce communicably (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for communicable


catching, contagious, pestilent, transmissible, transmittable



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Examples of communicable in a Sentence

communicable diseases that are usually transmitted sexually

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So far, fighting has also damaged water and sanitation facilities nearly 60 times, escalating the threat of communicable diseases in an area where immunization rates are low. Radina Gigova, CNN, "Fighting in Ukraine threatens water supply for 3.2 million," 3 July 2019 Other reasons for excluding someone from the program include a communicable disease such as active tuberculosis, MRSA, or HIV — anything that could be transferred to the students. Stephanie Innes,, "Arizona is a hotbed for the cadaver industry, and potential donors have plenty of options," 10 June 2019 The regulations were put in place as a way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Naperville adjusts city code to allow tattooing, microblading without a physician present," 7 June 2019 Communities that were already vulnerable due to past droughts are again facing severe hunger and water scarcity and are at risk from deadly communicable diseases. Washington Post, "UN: 2 million Somalis could die of starvation amid drought," 6 June 2019 The group also outlines tips for camps on how to put in place procedures to screen for illness, injury, and communicable diseases including measles as campers arrive, Freridge said. Mari A. Schaefer,, "How the record U.S. measles outbreak could affect your summer plans," 4 June 2019 But the spread of the disease through ICE facilities suggests the overburdened US immigration system is under-prepared in the event of a more serious health problem, like measles or another deadly communicable disease. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "ICE is struggling to contain spread of mumps in its detention centers," 3 June 2019 Since March 18, about six people in the department’s communicable-disease program have devoted part of their time to the situation. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "How do you persuade people to vaccinate? Clark County measles outbreak highlights the difficulties," 13 Apr. 2019 Health organizations and charities have lowered infant mortality and improved child survival around the globe by targeting communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "Young Cancer Patients in Poor Countries Get a Boost," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of communicable

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of communicable was circa 1533

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English Language Learners Definition of communicable

medical : able to be passed to another person


com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​ble | \ kə-ˈmyü-ni-kə-bəl How to pronounce communicable (audio) \

Kids Definition of communicable

: able to be passed to another person a communicable disease


com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​ble | \ kə-ˈmyü-ni-kə-bəl How to pronounce communicable (audio) \

Medical Definition of communicable

: capable of being transmitted from person to person, animal to animal, animal to human, or human to animal : transmissible

Other Words from communicable

communicability \ -​ˌmyü-​ni-​kə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce communicability (audio) \ noun, plural communicabilities

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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