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reticence

[ ret-uh-suhns ]
/ ˈrɛt ə səns /
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noun
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.
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Origin of reticence

First recorded in 1600–10; from French réticence, from Latin reticentia, equivalent to reticent-, stem of reticēns (present participle of reticēre “to be silent”) + -ia -y3; see reticent

OTHER WORDS FROM reticence

non·ret·i·cence, noun
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