- disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.
- reluctant or restrained.
Origin of reticent
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Related Wordsreserved, silent, hesitant, taciturn, shy, bashful, mum, restrained, close, tight-lipped, uncommunicative, uptight, unforthcoming
Examples from the Web for reticent
Back home in New Orleans, Donovan is reticent and Pleasant is reflective, but neither man fit in.'Fives and Twenty-Fives' Is Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone
August 25, 2014
President James Madison, at the time closely allied with Thomas Jefferson, was not reticent about discussing wealth inequality.A Founding Father Profit Sharing Fix for Inequality
July 12, 2014
And, unlike most of the men on this show, that small fact has made him reticent to start a relationship with his new protégé.Where ‘Mad Men’ Left Off: A Primer for Season Seven
April 11, 2014
Moreover, it possessed the French quality of taste: taste reigned supreme, self-controlled, dignified and reticent.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Leno asked why he has been so reticent to publicize his opinions about President Obama and his policies.W. Charms on the ‘Tonight’ Show
November 20, 2013
But with what truthful yet reticent words can I convey the facts of Charley's case?Wilfrid Cumbermede
He was reticent of his own business, however much he wanted to pry into mine.
Sucatash sensed the fact that De Launay intended to be reticent.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
She did not question him, however, but Rachel was not so reticent.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The man was a solemn, dignified, and reticent person, who had been groom to the late Bishop.The Manxman
- not open or communicative; not saying all that one knows; taciturn; reserved
Word Origin and History for reticent
1834, from Latin reticentem (nominative reticens), present participle of reticere "be silent" (see reticence).