[ ret-uh-suh ns ]
/ ˈrɛt ə səns /


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.

Nearby words

  1. rethought,
  2. retia,
  3. retial,
  4. retiarius,
  5. retiary,
  6. reticent,
  7. reticently,
  8. reticle,
  9. reticul-,
  10. reticular

Sometimes ret·i·cen·cy.

Related formsnon·ret·i·cence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for reticence



c.1600, from Middle French réticence (16c.), from Latin reticentia "silence, a keeping silent," from present participle stem of reticere "keep silent," from re- (see re-), + tacere "be silent" (see tacit). "Not in common use until after 1830" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper