from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inclined to communicate readily; talkative.
  • adj. Of or relating to communication.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Someone or something which tends to eagerly and effectively communicate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inclined to communicate; ready to impart to others.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inclined to communicate or confer; ready to impart; liberal: as, to be mutually communicative of benefits.
  • Disposed to impart or disclose knowledge, facts, or opinions; free in communicating; not reserved; open; talkative.
  • Disposed to communion with others.
  • Adapted or intended for communicating.
  • Capable of being communicated; communicable.

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

  • adj. able or tending to communicate
  • adj. of or relating to communication


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • … Learners do not find room to speak as themselves, to use language in communicative encounters, to create text, to stimulate responses from fellow learners, or to find solutions to relevant problems (pp 8-9).

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  • Cognitive theorists might add that the attention to meaning required in communicative interaction requires that learners ‘park’ their concern for formal accuracy, and thereby develop strategies – such as ‘chunking’ – that promote fluency.

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  • Anyone who works with those who do not speak know that the word 'non-verbal' used to mean 'non-communicative' is just a falsehood.

    Unsaid Words

  • a letter just received & caught myself commenting & rhapsodizing aloud! see how communicative is my disposition — a heart full of romance

    Letter 78

  • Thanks, Simon for your thoughtful, even impassioned, comment – it’s never too late to hear from someone such as yourself who has been at the forefront (one can’t say ‘cutting edge’ anymore, unhappily) of developments in communicative methodology and materials writing for so many years.

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  • No wonder, therefore, that the term communicative approach has become so elastic as to embrace any methodology that foregrounds speaking in pairs or small groups.

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  • Wilkins was one of the chief architects of what would come to be known as the communicative approach: his seminal Notional Syllabuses, building on his work with the Council of Europe, would be published in 1976.

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  • Intentions that are immediately concerned with communication itself, as opposed to ulterior goals, are called communicative intentions.


  • I get angry with agents who aren't communicative, that is when I get testy, but if an agent tells me that they can't accept something for whatever reason I do have look at the work again.

    Rants and whines

  • And therefore a poet of my kind has what I would call a communicative vocation.

    Vicente Aleixandre - Nobel Lecture


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