com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tive | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkā-tiv How to pronounce communicative (audio) , -ni-kə-tiv How to pronounce communicative (audio) \

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

Examples of communicative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even the most connected, communicative pair can run into hiccups. Patrice J. Williams, Travel + Leisure, "9 Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Romantic Couples' Trip," 12 July 2020 When Mixer was still Beam, the company’s two founders, Matt Salsamendi and James Boehm, were easily accessible and communicative. Washington Post, "The last days of Mixer," 30 June 2020 The communicative strain’s advantage over the other could still be due to factors other than unknown communication abilities, such as a more advanced turning capability. Sophia Chen, Wired, "These Bacteria Ate Their Way Through a Really Tricky Maze," 9 June 2020 Kerr, Walton said, is more communicative than Jackson — always willing to talk through any internal turmoil. Los Angeles Times, "It’s ‘vintage’ Phil Jackson and the Dennis Rodman experience in ‘The Last Dance’," 25 Apr. 2020 Steering is direct and communicative in both vehicles. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Big Mini Question: Countryman or Clubman?," 26 Feb. 2020 No longer naming our houses is a communicative act in itself. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "What Do the Names of British Houses Mean?," 28 Mar. 2020 Health aside, his personality may not naturally lend itself to the communicative position. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys entered offseason with several question marks on roster. They just added another," 24 Mar. 2020 The findings, described in a recent study published in the journal PeerJ, could clue scientists in to the communicative cues penguins rely on to hunt. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a First, Researchers Record Penguins Vocalizing Under Water," 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of communicative

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Communicative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce communicative (audio) \

Legal Definition of communicative

1 : tending or serving to communicate a communicative gesture
2 : of or relating to communication

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