incommunicable

adjective
in·​com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​ble | \ ˌin-kə-ˈmyü-ni-kə-bəl How to pronounce incommunicable (audio) \

Definition of incommunicable

: not communicable: such as
b : incapable of being communicated or imparted

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Other Words from incommunicable

incommunicability \ ˌin-​kə-​ˌmyü-​ni-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce incommunicability (audio) \ noun
incommunicably \ ˌin-​kə-​ˈmyü-​ni-​kə-​blē How to pronounce incommunicably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of incommunicable in a Sentence

the vastness of the universe is incommunicable
Recent Examples on the Web In one panel, Mary, at the foot of the cross, makes a recognizable gesture — suggesting grief or astonishment so great, so fundamentally incommunicable, that one covers one’s mouth — similar to that made by Matisse’s central bather. Washington Post, "Bathers With a Turtle, 1907-08," 26 Feb. 2020 What surprised me was the poetic potential of scurvy, with its awfulness and that terrible sense of isolation, when the possibility of ecstatic delights was inconceivable and incommunicable. National Geographic, "A Nightmare Disease Haunted Ships During Age of Discovery," 15 Jan. 2017 Lucy Barton’s story is, in meaningful ways, about loneliness, about an individual’s isolation when her past — all that has formed her — is invisible and incommunicable to those around her. Claire Messud, New York Times, "Elizabeth Strout’s ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’," 4 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of incommunicable

1568, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incommunicable

Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin incommunicabilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin communicabilis communicable

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“Incommunicable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incommunicable. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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