American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not disposed to be forthcoming or communicative; uncommunicative: an incommunicative press secretary.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not disposed to impart to others, as information or ideas; reserved; uncommunicative.
- adj. Uncommunicative.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not communicative; not free or apt to impart to others in conversation; reserved; silent; ; hence, not disposed to hold fellowship or intercourse with others; exclusive.
- adj. not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions
- in- + communicative (Wiktionary)
“Do we credit her early opinion that he was closed and incommunicative?”
“The Cohen family adopted a young survivor who had become incommunicative, and this adopted brother eventually told his story to a receptive yet vulnerable listener, his fourteen-year old adoptive sister, Liliane.”
“I am so disgusted by the slow-moving, unresponsive, incommunicative and, well, intellectually-asleep staff I observed that I am already dreading the return flight.”
“" Message in a Bottle '' has its dumb points: too many shots of churning surf and lovers nestled in beach blankets, not to mention the premise that women find incommunicative, hulking shells like Blake the height of irresistibility.”
“Brentrup's attorney says that with Kit absent and incommunicative, "somebody has to have the deciding voice."”
“His stepfather's brand of Islam accommodated elements of animism and Hinduism, but Obama understood in retrospect that the overthrow of Sukarno in 1965, and the massacre of Communists and ethnic Chinese, had changed his stepfather from the idealist his mother had met at the University of Hawaii to an incommunicative man intent on surviving in the new regime.”
“Even when she was being stubborn and horrible and incommunicative, these women still loved her.”
“He confesses that "a single hit of pot is enough to reduce me to a whimpering fetal crouch for several incommunicative hours at a time.”
“Mr. do Campo said that Mr. Padilla was not incommunicative, and that he expressed curiosity about what was going on in the world, liked to talk about sports and demonstrated particularly keen interest in the Chicago Bears.”
“All I really have to say about this week's issue is that I find it conspicuous that this is the second time that Red Tornado has ended up broken down and incommunicative in the Australian outback, the first being in the completely forgettable Primal Force series.”
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