uncommunicative

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

Definition of uncommunicative

: not disposed to talk or impart information : reserved

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Examples of uncommunicative in a Sentence

the child was uncommunicative and unhelpful to school investigators intelligence agencies must be uncommunicative about their operations if they are to be at all effective
Recent Examples on the Web Many less attractive traits are also recorded: Charles could be uncommunicative and dilatory, evasive and mendacious, refractory, vindictive, obstinate, even outright wicked, though self-delusive about the motives of others. R.j.w. Evans, The New York Review of Books, 11 June 2020 In a deposition, Richard Sackler’s daughter Marianna is sullen and uncommunicative. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 Many less attractive traits are also recorded: Charles could be uncommunicative and dilatory, evasive and mendacious, refractory, vindictive, obstinate, even outright wicked, though self-delusive about the motives of others. R.j.w. Evans, The New York Review of Books, 11 June 2020 Patients and their families who have testified at legislative hearings describe an unresponsive and uncommunicative board that usually allows doctors accused of negligence or malpractice to continue to practice. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 June 2021 That deadline has since been extended to June 7, but Toho said the property’s management has been uncommunicative and delinquent on payments for months. Katie Rice, orlandosentinel.com, 7 May 2021 The steering is heavy and uncommunicative with the 275/60R-17 Bridgestone Dueler HTS tires tending to pick a direction and then resist any deviation. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 29 Sep. 2020 The Chinese astronaut and chemist Lu Wang (Vivian Wu) in turn represents a familiar image of the Chinese professional woman—uncommunicative, cold, brilliant perhaps, and completely mysterious. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, 3 Sep. 2020 This uncommunicative tendency is virulent in the world of email. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of uncommunicative

1691, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uncommunicative was in 1691

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“Uncommunicative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncommunicative. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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uncommunicative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uncommunicative

: not tending or liking to talk or give out information

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