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 (ĭn′kə-myo͞o′nĭ-kə-tĭv, -kā′tĭv)
Not disposed to be forthcoming or communicative; uncommunicative: an incommunicative press secretary.

in′com·mu′ni·ca·tive·ly adv.
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tending not to communicate with others; taciturn
ˌincomˈmunicatively adv
ˌincomˈmunicativeness n
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(ˌʌn kəˈmyu nɪ kə tɪv, -ˌkeɪ tɪv)

not inclined to talk or communicate; reserved; reticent.
un`com•mu′ni•ca•tive•ly, adv.
un`com•mu′ni•ca•tive•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.incommunicative - not inclined to talk or give information or express opinionsincommunicative - not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions
inarticulate, unarticulate - without or deprived of the use of speech or words; "inarticulate beasts"; "remained stupidly inarticulate and saying something noncommittal"; "inarticulate with rage"; "an inarticulate cry"
taciturn - habitually reserved and uncommunicative
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"Oh!" replied the ancient chair, in a quiet and easy tone, for it had now cleared its throat of the dust of ages, "I am naturally a silent and incommunicative sort of character.
But the constant presence of her mother's regretful bewilderment was less painful to Maggie than that of her father's sullen, incommunicative depression.
Incommunicative as he was, some time elapsed before I had an opportunity of gauging his mind.
Rudd, who wrestled the leadership back from her in 2013, remains intellectually without peer and highly regarded internationally, but was seen by his colleagues, not entirely unfairly, as too often incommunicative, obsessive and having misplaced policy priorities.
But the wide respect he garnered internationally for his role in crafting the G-20 response to the global financial crisis did not help with his local colleagues, who saw him as too often incommunicative, obsessive, and lacking judgment in setting policy priorities.
The last government was accused of being incommunicative. This government is being accused of over- communicating.
One photograph here, Passing Through, is based (although you'd never know it without the press release to clue you in) on a rephotographed image of Laceration of Paper, a 1955 performance by Saburo Murakami, one of the artists featured in "Destroy the Picture." But while Murakami destroyed his great sheets of paper by bashing through them, and Quinlan in turn ruined the emulsion on the negative of her rephotographed image of his action, the material traces of devastation are, so to speak, papered over in her gelatin silver print, which subsumes them in a once again seamless image, now incommunicative yet almost lyrical.
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He's distant after a trip, incommunicative for days after the first kiss and the little presents.
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