Definitions – Communication

CYRIL L. HUDSON: Communication in its simplest form IS conveying of information from one person to another.

LOUIS A. ALLEN: Communication is the sum of all the things one person does when he wants to create understanding in the mind of another. It is a bridge of meaning. It involves a systematic and continuous process of telling, listening and understanding.

THEO HAIMANN: Communication is the process of passing information and understanding from one person to another ……… It is the process of imparting ideas and making oneself understood by others.

CHARLES E. REDFIELD: Communication is the broad field of human understanding and interchange of facts and opinions and not the technologies of telephone telegraph radio and the like. 

KOONTZ AND O’DONNELL: Communication is an exchange of facts, ideas, opinions or emotions by two or more people.

KEITH DAVIS: Communication is the process of passing information and understanding from one person to another. It is essentially a bridge of meaning between people. By using this bridge of meaning, a person can safely cross the river of misunderstanding that separates all people.

NEWMAN AND SUMMER: Communication is an exchange of facts, ideas, opinions or emotions by two or more persons.

Careful scrutiny of the above definitions will reveal that communication essentially involves at least two people: only one person cannot communicate. Communication is both information and understanding. It includes all possible means by which matter is conveyed from person to person. Communication is directed towards a response.