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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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 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, "Tested: 1999 Laforza Speciale Edition Reimagines an Unusual SUV," 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, "‘Away’ Review: High Drama in Space," 3 Sep. 2020 This uncommunicative tendency is virulent in the world of email. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Please, just give me a straight answer!," 19 Aug. 2020 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, "The Dream of World Monarchy," 27 May 2020 The result is that Robert spends much of the movie's running time morosely lying on his back, sullenly pondering his fate and being largely uncommunicative. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Robert the Bruce': Film Review," 23 Apr. 2020 Passengers say that rather than trying to accommodate them, the cruise companies have been uncommunicative and unhelpful. Tariro Mzezewa, New York Times, "In Coronavirus, $45-Billion Cruise Industry Faces a Big Challenge," 12 Feb. 2020 Spall’s Turner is irascible and uncommunicative, seemingly a thundercloud charged with negativity. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The 10 Best Movie Performances of the 2010s," 14 Nov. 2019 The officer was found uncommunicative near railroad tracks, a short distance from his police cruiser. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "‘Police are under increased attack’: Alabama officers face deadly year," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of uncommunicative

1691, in the meaning defined above

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“Uncommunicative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncommunicative. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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: not tending or liking to talk or give out information

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