secretive

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[see-kri-tiv, si-kree-]

adjective

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

Origin of secretive

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

Synonyms for secretive

secretive

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[si-kree-tiv]

adjective

Origin of secretive

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British Dictionary definitions for secretive

secretive

adjective

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