- the state of being reticent, or reserved, especially with regard to speaking freely; restraint: His natural reticence seemed to disappear under the influence of alcohol.
- disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.
- reluctant or restrained.
Origin of reticent
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1. taciturn, quiet, uncommunicative.
1. talkative, voluble.
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Examples from the Web for reticency
We propose, in this paper, to supply from it this reticency of his essay.
He was not a member of the Republican party; but rather hated its reticency.History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)
George Washington Williams
I have not felt myself at liberty to express even views of my own or to account for my reticency.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Seven
I have not felt myself at liberty to express, even, views of my own, or to account for my reticency.The Great Conspiracy, Complete
John Alexander Logan
But poor Harry little knew the difficulty of reticency when the heart is full.Mr. Scarborough's Family
- not open or communicative; not saying all that one knows; taciturn; reserved
C19: from Latin reticēre to keep silent, from re- + tacēre to be silent
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Word Origin and History for reticency
1834, from Latin reticentem (nominative reticens), present participle of reticere "be silent" (see reticence).
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