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unwilling to speak; reserved; taciturn, uncommunicative: She was reticent to answer our questions.
Not to be confused with:
reluctant – disinclined; unwilling to act: She’s reluctant to report him to the police.
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.
not open or communicative; not saying all that one knows; taciturn; reserved
[C19: from Latin reticēre to keep silent, from re- + tacēre to be silent]
ret•i•cent(ˈrɛt ə sənt)
1. disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.
2. restrained, as in style or appearance.
[1825–35; < Latin reticent-, s. of reticēns, present participle of reticēre to keep silent =re- re- + -ticēre, comb. form of tacēre to be silent; see -ent]
ret′i•cence, ret′i•cen•cy, n.
reticent- Based on Latin tacere, "be silent," combined with re-, an intensive prefix.
See also related terms for silent.
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|Adj.||1.||reticent - temperamentally disinclined to talk|
taciturn - habitually reserved and uncommunicative
|2.||reticent - cool and formal in manner |
undemonstrative - not given to open expression of emotion
|3.||reticent - reluctant to draw attention to yourself|
unassertive - inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence; "a shy unassertive person"
1. Not speaking freely or openly: