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secretive

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[see-kri-tiv, si-kree-]
adjective
  1. having or showing a disposition to secrecy; reticent: He seems secretive about his new job.
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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

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Historical Examples of secretively

  • Across the street, at another window, the curtain had secretively moved.

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

  • Then he went to astonish the Pennimans with his news, only to find that Winona had secretively nursed it even longer than he had.

    The Wrong Twin

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • We "did" the Pyramid of Unas, dilapidated without, secretively beautiful within.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Dreams, ambitions, longings—all these had evaporated slowly and secretively during the twenty-six years, vanished into thin air.

    Gargoyles

    Ben Hecht

  • The children were crying, Kathleen impulsively and without restraint, Desmond secretively, as men are accustomed to weep.

    Grey Town

    Gerald Baldwin


British Dictionary definitions for secretively

secretive

adjective
  1. inclined to secrecy; reticent
  2. another word for secretory
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Derived Formssecretively, adverbsecretiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for secretively

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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