Definition of uncommunicative in English:


Syllabification: un·com·mu·ni·ca·tive
Pronunciation: /ˌənkəˈmyo͞onəkətiv, -ˌkātiv


  • 1(Of a person) unwilling to talk or impart information.
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    • Tolerance of long waiting times, lack of information, uncommunicative staff, and failures to seek patients' views and take account of their preferences is wearing thin.
    • And if Namibians themselves are irritated, then imagine the impressions of the visitor or tourist who almost always meets an unfriendly and uncommunicative face?
    • Duncan, a precocious, affectionate child, had failed to live up to his academic potential, and had become withdrawn and uncommunicative.
    taciturn, quiet, unforthcoming, reserved, reticent, laconic, tongue-tied, mute, silent, tight-lipped, close-mouthed; guarded, secretive, close, private; distant, remote, aloof, curt, withdrawn, unsociable, farouche
    informal mum, standoffish
  • 1.1(Of something such as writing or art) not conveying much or any meaning or sense.
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    • Further, an emphasis on socially engaged work makes it all too easy to excuse visual tedium, poor curatorial focus, or uncommunicative art as markers of an exhibition's authenticity.
    • In an interview with the New York Times, Richter says he chose this painting for dissection precisely because it was ‘close to being uncommunicative.’
    • But there is something unfulfilled about this intermittently sparkly but ultimately uncommunicative work.



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  • His work with Gray opened up the possibility of playing the self-destructive and chaotic, without ever allowing them to slip into something uncommunicatively self-pitying.
  • Neither of us said anything, and Brixton was uncommunicatively engaged in reading a railroad report.
  • However Hasselhoff is allowed to grunt uncommunicatively at them via a telephone as often as he likes.


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  • The majority of the patients experienced a significant improvement in the areas of hostility, uncommunicativeness, uncooperativeness, and repetitive behavior.
  • It seems unlikely that overnight my son has developed the male propensity for uncommunicativeness.
  • Another character in the film, He Zhiuru, takes uncommunicativeness to the ultimate level; he has been mute since age five.

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