tending to seclude, especially oneself.
causing or providing seclusion.

Origin of seclusive

1815–25; secluse (< Latin sēclūsus secluded; see seclusion) + -ive
Related formsse·clu·sive·ly, adverbse·clu·sive·ness, nounnon·se·clu·sive, adjectivenon·se·clu·sive·ly, adverbnon·se·clu·sive·ness, nounun·se·clu·sive, adjectiveun·se·clu·sive·ly, adverbun·se·clu·sive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seclusive

Historical Examples of seclusive

  • While waiting for autumn to restore to his forehead its superb palmated adornments, he was haughty and seclusive.

    The Kindred of the Wild

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • "Strong regressive and seclusive tendencies," Bassett explained, solemnly.

    This Crowded Earth

    Robert Bloch

  • German thought has run in the seclusive channel of the academic library to the lack and loss of civic consciousness.

British Dictionary definitions for seclusive



tending to seclude
fond of seclusion
Derived Formsseclusively, adverbseclusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for seclusive

1743, from Latin seclus-, past participle stem of secludere (see seclude) + -ive. Related: Seclusively; seclusiveness.

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