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secretive

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[ see-kri-tiv, si-kree- ]
/ ˈsi krɪ tɪv, sɪˈkri- /
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adjective

having or showing a disposition to secrecy; reticent: He seems secretive about his new job.

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RELATED WORDS

reticent, covert, enigmatic, taciturn, cagey, close, cryptic, feline, furtive, reserved, silent, tight-lipped, undercover, withdrawn, backstairs, unforthcoming

Nearby words

secretary of state, secretary-general, secrete, secretin, secretion, secretive, secretively, secretly, secretoinhibitory, secretomotor, secretor

Origin of secretive

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1425–75; late Middle English; back formation from secretiveness (itself modeled on French secrétivité). See secret, -ive
SYNONYMS FOR secretive
Related formsse·cre·tive·ly, adverbse·cre·tive·ness, noun

Definition for secretive (2 of 2)

secretive

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[ si-kree-tiv ]
/ sɪˈkri tɪv /

adjective

Origin of secretive

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British Dictionary definitions for secretive

secretive

/ (ˈsiːkrɪtɪv, sɪˈkriːtɪv) /

adjective

inclined to secrecy; reticent
another word for secretory
Derived Formssecretively, adverbsecretiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for secretive

secretive


adj.

"inclined to secrecy," 1815 (implied in secretiveness); see secret (n.) + -ive. The word also was in Middle English with a sense "secret, hidden" (mid-15c.). Related: Secretively.

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