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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.
ret′i·cent·ly 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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Adv.1.reticently - with reticence; in a reticent manner; "she answered the questions reticently"


[ˈretɪsəntlɪ] ADVcon reticencia, con reserva


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After Tottenham, City and Liverpool scored a combined 11 away goals last week it was demoralising to witness United approach their own encounter so reticently.
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That may be Rashid's lot again in Cardiff, with Moeen Ali unequivocally reaffirmed as first-choice, but he Bayliss is giving serious consideration to using the pair in tandem - a tactic that previous regimes have approached reticently.
Some of the musicians in this discussion may rather reticently identify themselves as jazz musicians but this is qualified by assertions of Greek identity in their performing.
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He is relieved to see an instructor at the front of the room and students reticently waiting to be taught at their desks.
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