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1. Inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself. See Synonyms at laconic.
2. Restrained or reserved: "The laughter was steady, if reticent" (Bernard Lown).
3. Usage Problem Reluctant; unwilling.
[Latin reticēns, reticent-, present participle of reticēre, to keep silent : re-, re- + tacēre, to be silent.]
ret′i·cence (-səns) adv.
Usage Note: Reticent is generally used to indicate a reluctance to speak. Most commentators on usage have criticized its extended use as an all-purpose synonym for reluctant. In our 2001 survey, 83 percent of the Panel found unacceptable the sentence A lot of out-of-towners are reticent to come to the Twin Cities for a ballgame if there's a chance the game will be rained out.
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|Noun||1.||reticence - the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary|
uncommunicativeness - the trait of being uncommunicative
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noun silence, reserve, restraint, quietness, secretiveness, taciturnity, uncommunicativeness, unforthcomingness She didn't mind his reticence.
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1. The keeping of one's thoughts and emotions to oneself:
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
reticence[ˈretɪsəns] n → réticence f
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n → Zurückhaltung f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
reticence[ˈrɛtɪs/əns] n → reticenza
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