[ ret-uh-suhnt ]
/ ˈrɛt ə sənt /


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

Related forms

Can be confused

reluctant reticent (see synonym study at reluctant)reticent reluctant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reticent


/ (ˈrɛtɪsənt) /


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

Derived Forms

reticence, nounreticently, adverb

Word Origin for reticent

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