Meaning of incommunicable in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnkəˈmjuːnɪkəb(ə)l/

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  • Not able to be communicated to others.

    ‘the pain of separation took the form of an incommunicable depression’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘It is clear that liberty is a communicable power because it does not entail such incommunicable qualities as total causal independence and self-existence.’
    • ‘‘A work of art is the expression of an incommunicable reality that one tries to communicate - and which sometimes can be communicated,’ he wrote.’
    • ‘He writes of ‘simulacrum’ as the ‘of something that is incommunicable in itself or unrepresentable: literally the phantasm in its obsessional constraint.’’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suicide often provokes the rhetorical impasse here encountered; the sign is clear but incommunicable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.’
    • ‘Alive, but with no capacity for self-expression, their mode of perception is incommunicable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is such a thing, then, as incommunicable knowledge, knowledge that comes only by experience and by association.’
    • ‘It's the ‘qualia’ or whatever the word is - the thing that's incommunicable through words.’
    • ‘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!)’
    indescribable, inexpressible, unutterable, unspeakable, undefinable, ineffable, beyond words, beyond description
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘incommunicative’): from late Latin incommunicabilis ‘not to be imparted’, from in- ‘not’ + communicabilis (see communicable).