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  1. disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.
  2. reluctant or restrained.
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Origin of reticent

1825–35; < Latin reticent- (stem of reticēns), present participle of reticēre to be silent, equivalent to re- re- + -tic-, combining form of tacēre to be silent (cf. tacit) + -ent- -ent
Related formsret·i·cence, ret·i·cen·cy, nounret·i·cent·ly, adverbnon·ret·i·cent, adjectivenon·ret·i·cent·ly, adverbun·ret·i·cent, adjectiveun·ret·i·cent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedreluctant reticent (see synonym study at reluctant)reticent reluctant

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Related Words for unreticent

candid, blunt, strident, vocal, forthright, abrupt, artless, direct, frank, free, open, plain, point-blank, round, square, straightforward, unceremonious, unequivocal, plain-spoken, unreticent

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Historical Examples of unreticent

  • But now my unreticent friend here has stated the facts, and I make my confession.

    The Crux

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman

British Dictionary definitions for unreticent


  1. not open or communicative; not saying all that one knows; taciturn; reserved
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Derived Formsreticence, nounreticently, adverb

Word Origin for reticent

C19: from Latin reticēre to keep silent, from re- + tacēre to be silent
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Word Origin and History for unreticent



1834, from Latin reticentem (nominative reticens), present participle of reticere "be silent" (see reticence).

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