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

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But this year, some council members say, Twitter has been far less communicative, leaving them to wonder whether the company still values their input and expertise. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Twitter Trust and Safety Advisers Say They’re Being Ignored," 23 Aug. 2019 Student projects emphasize the elements of art and principles of design and the creation of original, creative and communicative photographic works. Ramona Sentinel, "Mentors needed to assist Career Technical Education students," 22 Aug. 2019 Sofía has nothing but contempt for her gruff, barely communicative father. Justin Chang,, "Review: The moving ‘Too Late to Die Young’ opens a window on a lost Chilean summer," 6 June 2019 That includes the capacity for nonverbal movement imitation, a tendency to form long-term social bonds, the ability to learn complex sequences of actions, and attentiveness to communicative movements. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "What This Head-Banging, Body-Rolling Cockatoo Teaches Us About the Evolution of Dance," 11 July 2019 Teammates became closer, worked harder and became more communicative. Luis Miguel Echegaray,, "Brazil Already Thrashed Peru Once; Will Copa America Final Be Any Different?," 5 July 2019 Information flows quickly this week, as the Sun continues to light up communicative Gemini. Venus Australis,, "Your Horoscope This Week," 9 June 2019 The researchers surmise that dogs gradually developed the anatomy underlying this communicative ability in response to human preference across tens of thousands of years. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Domestication Made Dogs’ Facial Anatomy More Fetching to Humans," 17 June 2019 Design as well can be conflictual and imperialistic or listening and communicative. Marlo Safi, National Review, "Can a Small Italian Village Point the Way to More Livable Modern Cities?," 16 June 2019

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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 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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