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adv. & adj.
Without the means or right of communicating with others: a prisoner held incommunicado; incommunicado political detainees.

[Spanish incomunicado, past participle of incomunicar, to deny communication : in-, not (from Latin; see in-1) + comunicar, to communicate (from Latin commūnicāre; see communicate).]
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adv, adj
(postpositive) deprived of communication with other people, as while in solitary confinement
[C19: from Spanish incomunicado, from incomunicar to deprive of communication; see in-1, communicate]
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(ˌɪn kəˌmyu nɪˈkɑ doʊ)

adv., adj.
1. without means of communication with others: to hold a spy incommunicado.
2. in solitary confinement.
[1835–45, Amer.; < Sp incomunicado, past participle of incomincar to deprive of communication]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.incommunicado - without the means or right to communicate; "a prisoner held incommunicado"; "incommunicado political detainees"
incommunicative, uncommunicative - not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions
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[ˌɪnkəmjʊnɪˈkɑːdəʊ] ADJincomunicado
to hold sb incommunicadomantener incomunicado a algn
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[ˌɪnkəmjuːnɪˈkɑːdəʊ] adj
to be kept incommunicado → être tenu(e) au secret
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adj predohne jede Verbindung zur Außenwelt, abgesondert; he was held incommunicadoer hatte keinerlei Verbindung zur Außenwelt; to be incommunicado (fig)für niemanden zu sprechen sein
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[ˌɪnkəˌmjuːnɪˈkɑːdəʊ] adj to hold sb incommunicadotenere segregato/a qn
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They told the prime minister that the citizens had been confined and rendered incommunicado by suspending all communication networks, including telephone and internet.
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Summary: Port Louis [Mauritius], June 3 (ANI): External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj's VIP flight from Trivandrum to Mauritius going incommunicado for around 14 minutes has been confirmed by authorities, however, they insist that it would not comprise a 'mid air scare' .
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Similarly, when Snow revisited China in 1960 he praised the mass work projects of the Great Leap Forward, yet acknowledged that many of the eager, bright students he had known in the 1930s had been rendered incommunicado by the antirightist purge of 1957.