Definition of communicative in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈmyo͞onəˌkādiv/
Pronunciation: /kəˈmyo͞onikədiv/


1Ready to talk or impart information: the patient was alert and communicative
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  • He's a straight-talking and personable man and the expectation is that people and priests will find him approachable and communicative.
  • They even adopted the boy, whom they recall as a lively, communicative, and welcomed member of the family.
  • You can see people being more affectionate with their children and personally more communicative.
forthcoming, expansive, expressive, unreserved, uninhibited, vocal, outgoing, frank, open, candid;
talkative, chatty, loquacious
informal gabby
1.1Relating to the conveyance or exchange of information: the communicative process in literary texts
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  • It required two participants able to mean and to intend, locked into a social context of communicative exchange.
  • Similarly, clinicians rarely record all communicative exchanges with patients.
  • Allusions and references, in other words, allow writers to engage their readers and listeners actively in the communicative process.



Example sentences
  • Many people who have acquired normal speaking skills become communicatively impaired when their vocal apparatus fails.
  • In other words, signals are used communicatively within a social group.
  • The results of the present study indicate that while young women appreciate the importance of medical skill, it is the communicatively competent care provider that they most seek.


Late Middle English: from late Latin communicativus, from communicat- 'shared', from the verb communicare (see communicate).

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Syllabification: com·mu·ni·ca·tive

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