com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tive | \kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkā-tiv, -ni-kə-tiv \

Definition of communicative 

1 : tending to communicate : talkative

2 : of or relating to communication

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Other Words from communicative

communicatively adverb
communicativeness noun

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The fact that this is a happy, communicative family is not an accident, Patchen said. Selena Simmons-duffin, Washington Post, "‘Where The Need Is:’ Tackling Teen Pregnancy With A Midwife At School," 12 June 2018 Consequently, that source acknowledges that in the past, Tidal may not have paid as much attention to fiscal responsibilities as the labels would like; Tidal management has been much more communicative this year in its dealings with labels. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Why the Music Industry Is Still Rooting For Tidal, Despite Chronic Payment Issues," 6 June 2018 Switched into Race mode, the QF’s steering effort and feel amped up considerably and became satisfyingly communicative. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio," 3 Mar. 2018 To some, this signifies a more open and communicative approach to government. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "James Madison Would Be Horrified by a Tweeting President," 25 June 2018 At Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, sommeliers Crystl Faye Horton and Kristin Beckler proved more communicative and, Mr. Bucklin noted, a lot more fun. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "How a Bottle Makes Its Way Onto a Wine List," 21 June 2018 Lascelles has been immense at the back for the Magpies this season, and following the introduction of the confident and communicative Dubravka behind them, Florian Lejeune really came into his own too., "Jamaal Lascelles Will Be Subject to Big Money Bids This Summer, But Newcastle Simply Cannot Sell Him," 7 June 2018 Although communicative Mercury is more often associated with cosmic reversals in the popular imagination, Mars's backward spin is actually much more significant. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What June's Sagittarius Horoscope Means for You," 29 May 2018 As Snap works through these challenges, executives have also made an effort to be more open and communicative with its users, especially the group of influencers who have risen to fame on the platform. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Snapchat Launches Accelerator for Mobile-First Media Companies," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of communicative

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of communicative

: willing to talk to people

: relating to communication


com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tive | \kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkā-tiv, -kə-tiv \

Legal Definition of communicative 

1 : tending or serving to communicate a communicative gesture

2 : of or relating to communication

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