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From Spanish incomunicado, with spelling influenced by such English words as communicate.


(General American) IPA(key): [ɪnkəmjunɨˈkɑːdoʊ]


incommunicado (not comparable)

  1. In a state or condition of inability or unwillingness to communicate.
    • 2007, "Dreadful news awaits housemate", Times Online, London, 25 May (retrieved 29 June 2007),
      The father of a woman living in the incommunicado world of the Big Brother house in Australia has died but his daughter has not been told.
    • 2017, "Hurricane Maria Does ‘Mind-Boggling’ Damage to Dominica, Leader Says", The New York Times, Mexico City, 19 August (retrieved 21 August 2017),
      As the storm, described by the National Hurricane Center as “potentially catastrophic,” moved toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday, little could be learned about the conditions on Dominica. By early Tuesday morning, phone and internet signals on Dominica appeared to be down, leaving the island virtually incommunicado.



incommunicado (not comparable)

  1. In a manner in which communication with outsiders is not possible, for either voluntary or involuntary reasons, especially due to confinement or reclusiveness.
    • 2004, Ben Westhoff, "Making Traks," Riverfront Times, St. Louis MO, 7 Apr,
      The Starz seem most comfortable when they're in the studio, where they can work incommunicado.


  • incommunicado at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.