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secretive1

[see-kri-tiv, si-kree-] /ˈsi krɪ tɪv, sɪˈkri-/
adjective
1.
having or showing a disposition to secrecy; reticent:
He seems secretive about his new job.
Origin of secretive1
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; back formation from secretiveness (itself modeled on French secrétivité). See secret, -ive
Related forms
secretively, adverb
secretiveness, noun
Synonyms
secret, close.

secretive2

[si-kree-tiv] /sɪˈkri tɪv/
adjective
1.
Origin
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  • He was not a reserved man, but a secretive, which is quite a different thing.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • It was, he supposed, a woman's way to be secretive in such matters, and he must not blame her.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • The soul of hospitality leaped from his face, stern and secretive though it was.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • His opponent, still with his secretive smile, took up the caster.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • "I think I inherited most of his secretive qualities," Shirley continued.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
British Dictionary definitions for secretive

secretive

/ˈsiːkrɪtɪv; sɪˈkriːtɪv/
adjective
1.
inclined to secrecy; reticent
2.
another word for secretory
Derived Forms
secretively, adverb
secretiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for secretive
adj.

"inclined to secrecy," 1815 (implied in secretiveness); see secret (n.) + -ive. The word also was in Middle English with a sense "secret, hidden" (mid-15c.). Related: Secretively.

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