incommunicative

adjective

in·​com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tive ˌin-kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkā-tiv How to pronounce incommunicative (audio)
-ni-kə-tiv

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the tense last hour of the standoff, DeSarno said the assailant had become increasingly incommunicative, alarming both law enforcement officials and the hostages. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 21 Jan. 2022 Some have paranoid hallucinations and agitation, others internalized visions and confusion causing them to be withdrawn and incommunicative. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, 2 July 2020 At home, Carol struggles to connect with her lumpen, incommunicative husband (Charles Leggett) and their moody teenage daughter, Hildy (Kaitlyn Dever). Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, 4 Apr. 2018 At home, Carol struggles to connect with her lumpen, incommunicative husband (Charles Leggett) and their moody teenage daughter, Hildy (Kaitlyn Dever). Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, 4 Apr. 2018 At home, Carol struggles to connect with her lumpen, incommunicative husband (Charles Leggett) and their moody teenage daughter, Hildy (Kaitlyn Dever). Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, 4 Apr. 2018 At home, Carol struggles to connect with her lumpen, incommunicative husband (Charles Leggett) and their moody teenage daughter, Hildy (Kaitlyn Dever). Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, 4 Apr. 2018 At home, Carol struggles to connect with her lumpen, incommunicative husband (Charles Leggett) and their moody teenage daughter, Hildy (Kaitlyn Dever). Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, 4 Apr. 2018 At home, Carol struggles to connect with her lumpen, incommunicative husband (Charles Leggett) and their moody teenage daughter, Hildy (Kaitlyn Dever). Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, 4 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of incommunicative was in 1670

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“Incommunicative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incommunicative. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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