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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.
of whom the nearest is so wild a reach my substance wilts to think on." Within this vastness the clinging of human families around little lights the world over appears a single attitude of self-protection on the part of countless "incommunicably tender" lives "sustaining, for a while, without defense, the enormous assaults of the universe" (51).