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incommunicable Line breaks: in|com¦mu¦nic|able
Pronunciation: /ɪnkəˈmjuːnɪkəb(ə)l/

Definition of incommunicable in English:


Not able to be communicated to others: the pain of separation took the form of an incommunicable depression
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  • Notice that a similar strategy defeats any attempt to argue for the abiding worry that can affect our attitudes to patients in a persistent vegetative state, where we worry about an enduring presence incommunicable to ‘us outside.’
  • It is clear that liberty is a communicable power because it does not entail such incommunicable qualities as total causal independence and self-existence.
  • ‘A work of art is the expression of an incommunicable reality that one tries to communicate - and which sometimes can be communicated,’ he wrote.
indescribable, inexpressible, unutterable, unspeakable, undefinable, ineffable, beyond words, beyond description;
overwhelming, intense, profound


Pronunciation: /ɪnkəmjuːnɪkəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • ‘First of all, we must believe in the unspeakable incommunicability of the trauma,’ she said.
  • Never mind that, undaunted by the hobgoblin of consistency, they also argue the incommunicability of knowledge.
  • Her poignant sounds fuel her husband's overblown images, forming an increasingly overheated circuit of baroque incommunicability that can only result in violence.
Pronunciation: /ˌɪnkəˈmjuːnɪkəblnəs/
Example sentences
  • Academics on their behalf are troubled by the incommunicableness with students and the inability to provide teaching material or other information.
  • In absolute incommunicableness it stood apart, a thought, a system of thought which as yet had no symbol in spoken language.
Pronunciation: /ˌɪnkəˈmjuːnɪkəbli/
Example sentences
  • Our feelings must find their own registers, perhaps incommunicably; each, re-seeing Mouchette, will recognize the tractor-driver in his own way.
  • In this sense, human persons belong to themselves and to no other. They are incommunicably their own and never mere specimens or means.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'incommunicative'): from late Latin incommunicabilis 'not to be imparted', from in- 'not' + communicabilis (see communicable).

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