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 By artfully removing extraterrestrials, their communicative motives, and even their intelligence from the equation, the term makes SETI more flexible. Adam Mann, The New Yorker, "Intelligent Ways to Search for Extraterrestrials," 3 Oct. 2019 Advocacy is a complex communicative process that involves establishing roles and responsibilities across different team members, fostering relationships within one’s social network, and remaining educated and informed about their child’s illness. Katherine Rafferty, The Conversation, "Parents of medically fragile children and their kids could use help, understanding year-round," 17 Dec. 2019 There’s only one example: Paul Westhead, who coached the Lakers to the 1980 title but lost the communicative threads so drastically with his players, he was fired (and replaced by Pat Riley) 11 games into the 1981-82 season. Bruce Jenkins,, "Warriors need a slogan, and Steve Kerr coined a bloody good one," 28 Nov. 2019 Thinking of play, however, as a communicative tool is still something of an experiment. Los Angeles Times, "IndieCade brings the future of underground gaming to Santa Monica," 13 Oct. 2019 Sociable, communicative and intelligent, these mammals are able to use tools such as rocks to smash open nuts, empty pods to scoop water and get termites out of their nests by using sticks. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Chimps are killing people in Uganda: 'It broke off the arm... opened the stomach and removed the kidneys'," 13 Nov. 2019 Johnson, president of the Human Resources Development Institute, said the social services agency continues to provide case management to the remaining families, but Gilbert’s client and Parker say the group has not been communicative. Elaine Chen,, "After Chicago housing program loses federal funding, formerly homeless families are again at risk of ending up on the street, advocates say," 15 Oct. 2019 In other words, rather than allowing emotions to become a barrier to a solution, take a more communicative approach by sharing your perspective and hearing the other side’s viewpoint. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The wedding plan: Perspective sharing," 18 Aug. 2019 Artificial intelligence researchers have long dreamed of building a computer as knowledgeable and communicative as the one in Star Trek, which could interact with humans in natural (i.e., human) language. Wired, "AI Can Pass Standardized Tests—But It Would Fail Preschool," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of communicative

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Communicative.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 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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