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reticent

[ ret-uh-suhnt ]
/ ˈrɛt ə sənt /
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adjective
disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.
reluctant or restrained.

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Origin of reticent

First recorded in 1825–35; from Latin reticent- (stem of reticēns ), present participle of reticēre “to be silent,” equivalent to re- “again, back” + -tic-, combining form of tacēre “to be silent” (cf. tacit) + -ent- adjective suffix; see re-, -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM reticent

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH reticent

reluctant, reticent
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British Dictionary definitions for reticent

reticent
/ (ˈrɛtɪsənt) /

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

Derived forms of reticent

reticence, nounreticently, adverb

Word Origin for reticent

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