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1. Impossible to be transmitted; not communicable: an incommunicable disease.
2. Incommunicative: an executive who was maddeningly incommunicable.

in′com·mu′ni·ca·bil′i·ty n.
in′com·mu′ni·ca·bly adv.


1. incapable of being communicated
2. an obsolete word for incommunicative
ˌincomˌmunicaˈbility, ˌincomˈmunicableness n
ˌincomˈmunicably adv


(ˌɪn kəˈmyu nɪ kə bəl)

1. incapable of being communicated or imparted: an incommunicable secret.
2. uncommunicative; taciturn.
[1560–70; < Late Latin]
in`com•mu`ni•ca•bil′i•ty, in`com•mu′ni•ca•ble•ness, n.
in`com•mu′ni•ca•bly, adv.
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2. That cannot be described:
Idioms: beyond description, defying description.
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Beyond any particular hermeneutics--legible to the viewer by degrees--she documents the incommunicably slow process of privately cultivating the kind of thinking that manifests itself only on the level of line and form.
I hardly encounter another as person if I do not detect this ownness in the other; on the other hand, it is a sure sign of encountering another as person that I begin to experience the entire bodily being of the other, indeed all that the person has in virtue of being a human being, as not just common to that person and others but also as being incommunicably that person's own.
All that each person is, and experiences, and shall never experience, in body and in mind, all these things are differing expressions of himself and of one root, and are identical: and not one of these things nor one of these persons is ever quite to be duplicated, nor replaced, nor has it ever quite had precedent: but each is a new and incommunicably tender life, wounded in every breath, and almost as hardly killed as easily wounded: sustaining, for a while, without defense, the enormous assaults of the universe.