Definition of incommunicable in English:

incommunicable

adjective

  • Not able to be communicated to others:

    ‘the pain of separation took the form of an incommunicable depression’
    • ‘However, when for whatever reason the loss is incommunicable, words no longer function to fill the void, and the mourner strives to deny loss through the implementation of ‘incorporation.’’
    • ‘HIV / Aids is the cause of incommunicable pain.’
    • ‘But mostly, that which is most personal is most common, not most subjective, esoteric, incommunicable and unique.’
    • ‘In his incommunicable world of silence, made the more sordid by isolation and discrimination, he find himself the butt of everybody's abuse and insult.’
    • ‘Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.’
    • ‘‘A work of art is the expression of an incommunicable reality that one tries to communicate - and which sometimes can be communicated,’ he wrote.’
    • ‘Focusing on any one man, it seems that his movements follow no rule other than that of his own incommunicable fear, spinning around on his toes, moment to moment, looking to make someone a target before he becomes one himself.’
    • ‘Such incommunicable pasts, such fragile homes for memory, bear witness to the irony of destiny, showing it to be a story formed after the fact, a ‘predetermined’ road with an endless ability to change its very face.’
    • ‘Notice that a similar strategy defeats any attempt to argue for the abiding worry that can affect our attitudes to patients in a persistent vegetative state, where we worry about an enduring presence incommunicable to ‘us outside.’’
    • ‘What is subjective is in itself incommunicable.’
    • ‘They are impersonal, capable of communication to other men in similar states, and are generalised: they are no longer private and incommunicable.’
    • ‘There is such a thing, then, as incommunicable knowledge, knowledge that comes only by experience and by association.’
    • ‘Suicide often provokes the rhetorical impasse here encountered; the sign is clear but incommunicable.’
    • ‘It's the ‘qualia’ or whatever the word is - the thing that's incommunicable through words.’
    • ‘As long as Waffle confines his performances to the privacy of his den, he will surprise himself with an experience that is as enriching for him as it is incommunicable to others (though his immediate family might get a kick out of it).’
    • ‘It is clear that liberty is a communicable power because it does not entail such incommunicable qualities as total causal independence and self-existence.’
    • ‘The father is a Gnostic madman, a collector and domestic demi-god, confecting a private universe incommunicable to all but himself (like so many fathers!)’
    • ‘He writes of ‘simulacrum’ as the ‘of something that is incommunicable in itself or unrepresentable: literally the phantasm in its obsessional constraint.’’
    • ‘He gave Russell the sense that he really knew something incommunicable, that there was something he was trying to get at that Russell was not seeing it.’
    • ‘Alive, but with no capacity for self-expression, their mode of perception is incommunicable.’
    indescribable, inexpressible, unutterable, unspeakable, undefinable, ineffable, beyond words, beyond description
    overwhelming, intense, profound
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘incommunicative’): from late Latin incommunicabilis not to be imparted, from in- not + communicabilis (see communicable).

Pronunciation:

incommunicable

/ɪnkəˈmjuːnɪkəb(ə)l/