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Definitions for communicable
kəˈmyu nɪ kə bəlcom·mu·ni·ca·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. catching, communicable, contagious, contractable, transmissible, transmittableadjective

    (of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection

  2. communicableadjective

    readily communicated

    "communicable ideas"


  1. communicableadjective

    Able to be transmitted between people or species; contagious or catching

  2. communicableadjective

    talkative or expansive

  3. communicableadjective

    readily communicated

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Communicableadjective

    Etymology: from communicate.

    Sith eternal life is communicable unto all, it behooveth that the word of God be so likewise. Richard Hooker, b. v. sect. 20.

    Nor let thine own inventions hope
    Things not reveal’d, which th’ invisible king,
    Only omniscient, hath suppress’d in night,
    To none communicable in earth or heav’n. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    The happy place
    Rather inflames thy torment, representing
    Lost bliss, to thee no more communicable. John Milton, Par. Reg.


  1. communicable

    Communicable refers to a type of disease or condition that can be spread from one person or organism to another through direct or indirect contact. This includes diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi, which can be transmitted through sexual contact, blood, airborne inhalation, or through bites from insects or animals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Communicableadjective

    capable of being communicated, or imparted; as, a communicable disease; communicable knowledge

  2. Communicableadjective

    communicative; free-speaking

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. communicable, LL. communicabilis.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of communicable in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of communicable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of communicable in a Sentence

  1. Paris Independent School District:

    The board believes the dress code can be used to mitigate communicable health issues, and therefore has amended the PISD dress code to protect our students and employees.

  2. Niyati Parekh:

    People are forgetting the connection between the pandemic and some of the non-communicable diseases and obesity.

  3. Bruce Ribner:

    The take-away from this for the public, is that there is absolutely no risk to anyone, we’ve shown that we can handle Ebola and this is a lot less communicable.

  4. Peter Maurer:

    Non-communicable diseases are a silent killer and often overlooked during times of armed conflict, if you look at Yemen, Syria, Iraq and beyond, thousands will remain with life-threatening illnesses if they are not able to receive essential medical supplies such as insulin to treat diabetes.

  5. Christian Stefansen:

    We're hoping for a bit of creativity to flourish around this, there's no shortage of communicable diseases, sadly.

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