[ ret-uh-suhns ]
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  1. 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.

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
  • Sometimes ret·i·cen·cy .

Other words from reticence

  • non·ret·i·cence, noun

Words Nearby reticence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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