Definition of communicative in English:



  • 1Ready to talk or impart information.

    ‘the patient was alert and communicative’
    • ‘My vet is not very communicative or easy to get a call back once the initial treatment is set.’
    • ‘I think your plan to stay open and communicative is vital.’
    • ‘You can see people being more affectionate with their children and personally more communicative.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a good score behind him and a couple of good catches, he was soon the most communicative person on the field.’
    • ‘He's a straight-talking and personable man and the expectation is that people and priests will find him approachable and communicative.’
    • ‘If that doesn't work then try to be communicative with other people in your class.’
    • ‘A doctor with whom you have a good, communicative and friendly relationship is a rare beast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His social skills improved so that he became more communicative, conversational and animated.’
    • ‘Marcus was confused when he arrived in the hospital, poorly communicative (not his usual self).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I also became noticeably more accessible and communicative.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They even adopted the boy, whom they recall as a lively, communicative, and welcomed member of the family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Never very communicative or outgoing, he continued to work but not to speak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Being communicative and self-motivated, she found that soon she was able to do the job without difficulty.’
    forthcoming, expansive, informative, expressive, unreserved, uninhibited, vocal, outgoing, frank, open, candid
    talkative, conversational, chatty, gossipy, loquacious, garrulous, voluble, verbose, effusive, gushing
    mouthy, gabby, windy, gassy, talky
    multiloquent, multiloquous
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    1. 1.1Relating to the conveyance or exchange of information.
      ‘the communicative process in literary texts’
      • ‘The editors invite submissions for a new online edited collection exploring discursive, visual, and other communicative features.’
      • ‘A three hour video conference with New York usually does very little good in achieving the communicative goals that people have set out.’
      • ‘Allusions and references, in other words, allow writers to engage their readers and listeners actively in the communicative process.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Its communicative possibilities are both opened up and closed off by its layered context of lyrics, background music, and prior performance.’
      • ‘The use of language for communicative purposes rests on the belief that other persons have minds much like our own.’
      • ‘It required two participants able to mean and to intend, locked into a social context of communicative exchange.’
      • ‘The website would provide the common interface to these communicative processes, as well as access to the tools for project registration.’
      • ‘Oh, it's not that nobody ever had a thought about images, representation, visual forms, and their communicative power before now.’
      • ‘Similarly, clinicians rarely record all communicative exchanges with patients.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Well, I'd have to argue that a lot of art photography can be conceptual and communicative, as can painting of course.’
      • ‘Technically, all space/time restrictions have been effectively eliminated from the communicative process.’
      • ‘Instead, identification is the result of a communicative process that interconnects reason and emotions.’
      • ‘Therefore, their images are an important expressive and communicative resource and should be part of the cultural debate.’
      • ‘The point being, there is a huge difference between writing for pure communicative purposes, and writing for more aesthetic reasons.’


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