reticence

[ ret-uh-suh ns ]
/ 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.
Sometimes ret·i·cen·cy.
Related formsnon·ret·i·cence, noun

Definition for reticency (2 of 2)

reticent

[ ret-uh-suhnt ]
/ ˈrɛt ə sənt /

adjective

disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.
reluctant or restrained.

Origin of reticent

1825–35; < Latin reticent- (stem of reticēns), present participle of reticēre to be silent, equivalent to re- re- + -tic-, combining form of tacēre to be silent (cf. tacit) + -ent- -ent
SYNONYMS FOR reticent
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Related forms
Can be confusedreluctant reticent (see synonym study at reluctant)reticent reluctant
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British Dictionary definitions for reticency

reticent

/ (ˈrɛtɪsənt) /

adjective

not open or communicative; not saying all that one knows; taciturn; reserved

Derived Formsreticence, nounreticently, adverb

Word Origin for reticent

C19: from Latin reticēre to keep silent, from re- + tacēre to be silent
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