disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.
reluctant or restrained.

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

Synonyms for reticent

Antonyms for reticent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unreticent

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



not open or communicative; not saying all that one knows; taciturn; reserved
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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