Definition of communicative in English:

communicative

adjective

  • 1Willing, eager, or able to talk or impart information.

    ‘Lew was a very communicative chap’
    • ‘Being communicative and self-motivated, she found that soon she was able to do the job without difficulty.’
    • ‘You can see people being more affectionate with their children and personally more communicative.’
    • ‘A doctor with whom you have a good, communicative and friendly relationship is a rare beast.’
    • ‘I also became noticeably more accessible and communicative.’
    • ‘Marcus was confused when he arrived in the hospital, poorly communicative (not his usual self).’
    • ‘Never very communicative or outgoing, he continued to work but not to speak.’
    • ‘As a result, Suzanne's songs use a language that is simple, communicative and often surprising, particularly for the unexpected stories she chooses to tell.’
    • ‘The immediacy of his communicative performance made up more than enough for the occasional flat notes of which there were precious few in any case.’
    • ‘If that doesn't work then try to be communicative with other people in your class.’
    • ‘All six of Cooper's dancers have a strong classical ballet technique from which to push off into the modern, innovative and communicative dance they aspire to perform.’
    • ‘My vet is not very communicative or easy to get a call back once the initial treatment is set.’
    • ‘He's a straight-talking and personable man and the expectation is that people and priests will find him approachable and communicative.’
    • ‘While you're in a communicative mood, please let us know what you think of our articles, and what subjects you'd like us to cover.’
    • ‘I think your plan to stay open and communicative is vital.’
    • ‘His social skills improved so that he became more communicative, conversational and animated.’
    • ‘They even adopted the boy, whom they recall as a lively, communicative, and welcomed member of the family.’
    • ‘With a good score behind him and a couple of good catches, he was soon the most communicative person on the field.’
    • ‘At the moment, Smart is being open and communicative, signs that she has coped well.’
    • ‘Generally, girls start off in school being more articulate and communicative than their male primary friends.’
    • ‘It sends a message, it is communicative, and it seeks to impact the situation on the ground in a way which leverages a weak tactical situation.’
    forthcoming, expansive, informative, expressive, unreserved, uninhibited, vocal, outgoing, frank, open, candid
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    1. 1.1 Relating to the conveyance or exchange of information.
      ‘the communicative process in literary texts’
      • ‘It required two participants able to mean and to intend, locked into a social context of communicative exchange.’
      • ‘Allusions and references, in other words, allow writers to engage their readers and listeners actively in the communicative process.’
      • ‘For example, it requires considerable communicative skill to be able to attribute uncertainty to the current state of medical knowledge rather than to one's own ignorance.’
      • ‘The website would provide the common interface to these communicative processes, as well as access to the tools for project registration.’
      • ‘Well, I'd have to argue that a lot of art photography can be conceptual and communicative, as can painting of course.’
      • ‘The point being, there is a huge difference between writing for pure communicative purposes, and writing for more aesthetic reasons.’
      • ‘This is not so as to obtain things there and then, but to share mental states and to build communicative relationships to other people in the long term.’
      • ‘Therefore, their images are an important expressive and communicative resource and should be part of the cultural debate.’
      • ‘The use of language for communicative purposes rests on the belief that other persons have minds much like our own.’
      • ‘Oh, it's not that nobody ever had a thought about images, representation, visual forms, and their communicative power before now.’
      • ‘The editors invite submissions for a new online edited collection exploring discursive, visual, and other communicative features.’
      • ‘Instead, identification is the result of a communicative process that interconnects reason and emotions.’
      • ‘A three hour video conference with New York usually does very little good in achieving the communicative goals that people have set out.’
      • ‘Similarly, clinicians rarely record all communicative exchanges with patients.’
      • ‘Its communicative possibilities are both opened up and closed off by its layered context of lyrics, background music, and prior performance.’
      • ‘Technically, all space/time restrictions have been effectively eliminated from the communicative process.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin communicativus, from communicat- ‘shared’, from the verb communicare (see communicate).

Pronunciation

communicative

/kəˈmjuːnɪkətɪv/