from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Transmittable between persons or species; contagious.
  • adjective Readily communicated.
  • adjective Talkative.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Capable of being communicated.
  • Communicative; ready to converse or impart information.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Capable of being communicated, or imparted.
  • adjective obsolete Communicative; free-speaking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of a disease Able to be transmitted between people or species; contagious or catching
  • adjective talkative or expansive
  • adjective readily communicated

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection
  • adjective readily communicated


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  • An infectious disease that is spread through contact with infected individuals; also called a communicable disease.

    contagious disease

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  • Not only was the charge out the door in Fox debates demonstrating the absence of a firm commitment to the Constitution, but in the case of treating O'Reilly as some kind of communicable disease was politically stupid.

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  • Australia plays a leading role in advancing APEC's responses to human security issues such as communicable diseases, emergency disaster relief preparedness, counter-terrorism, climate change and energy security.

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  • Is there anything you can do when you're on a flight to just lower the risk of getting any kind of communicable disease?

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  • Is there anything you can do when you're on a flight to just lower the risk of getting any kind of communicable disease?

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