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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Synonyms & Antonyms for uncommunicative


dumb, mum, mute, muted, silent, speechless, wordless


communicative, speaking, talking

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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

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Fathers of teenage daughters are often portrayed as distant, uncommunicative, and a victim of their teen's mood swings. Maia Efrem, refinery29.com, "The Movies That Get Fatherhood All Wrong — & The Ones That Get It Right," 15 June 2019 Chinese authorities have been generally uncommunicative about the status of Toshiba’s application in recent weeks, according to people involved in the effort. Kosaku Narioka, WSJ, "Toshiba Pessimistic About Prospects for $18 Billion Chip Deal," 8 May 2018 Cunanan had been able to evade authorities for nearly three months because his murders in multiple states had been clumsily handled by different, uncommunicative jurisdictions. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Versace: Everything We Know About Andrew Cunanan’s Suicide," 22 Mar. 2018 View 70 Photos Ride, Handling, and Steering The RAV4’s steering is uncommunicative and unnecessarily heavy. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, "2018 Toyota RAV4," 16 Mar. 2018 In the world of football the oriental owners can often be seen as unobtrusive and uncommunicative. SI.com, "Milan CEO 'Glad' Donnarumma Stayed Despite His Agent's Concerns Regarding Club's Future," 12 Sep. 2017 OSHA did finally start to move, but it's been slow and uncommunicative about the plants. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Real Time newsletter for Aug. 15," 14 Aug. 2017 Officers from an Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team arrived at the scene at 1:55 p.m. and spoke with the man, who was in a mental health crisis and uncommunicative, for about 30 minutes. Annie Ma, OregonLive.com, "Man taken to hospital after climbing a sign pole over Interstate 5," 16 July 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of uncommunicative

: not tending or liking to talk or give out information

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