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 (sē′krĭ-tĭv, sĭ-krē′tĭv)
a. Having a tendency to keep one's thoughts or activities unknown to others: a secretive neighbor; secretive spy agencies.
b. Characterized by or done in secrecy: a secretive meeting; a secretive act.
2. Suggestive of the keeping of secrets: a secretive look; a secretive whisper.
3. Tending to remain concealed. Used of animals.

se′cre·tive·ly adv.
se′cre·tive·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.secretiveness - characterized by a lack of openness (especially about one's actions or purposes)
unsociability, unsociableness - an unsociable disposition; avoiding friendship or companionship
furtiveness, sneakiness, stealthiness - a disposition to be sly and stealthy and to do things surreptitiously
2.secretiveness - the trait of keeping things secret
uncommunicativeness - the trait of being uncommunicative
mum - secrecy; "mum's the word"


The habit, practice, or policy of keeping secrets:
titkoló zás
ağzı sıkılık


n (= character trait)Verschlossenheit f; (= secretive behaviour)Geheimnistuerei f; the secretiveness of his smile/behavioursein geheimnisvolles Lächeln/Benehmen


(ˈsiːkrit) adjective
hidden from, unknown to, or not told to, other people. a secret agreement; He kept his illness secret from everybody.
1. something which is, or must be kept, secret. The date of their marriage is a secret; industrial secrets.
2. a hidden explanation. I wish I knew the secret of her success.
ˈsecrecy noun
the state of being or the act of keeping secret.
ˈsecretive (-tiv) adjective
inclined to conceal one's activities, thoughts etc. secretive behaviour.
ˈsecretively adverb
ˈsecretiveness noun
ˈsecretly adverb
in such a way that others do not know, see etc. He secretly copied the numbers down in his notebook.
secret agent
a spy.
secret police
a police force whose activities are kept secret and which is concerned mostly with political crimes.
in secret
secretly. This must all be done in secret.
keep a secret
not to tell (something secret) to anyone else. You can't trust her to keep a secret.
References in classic literature ?
This trick did not suggest duplicity or secretiveness, but merely long habit, as with the horse.
In fine, this particular exploit entirely justified itself in my eyes, in spite of the superfluous (but invariable) secretiveness which I could seldom help resenting in my heart I never thought less of it than in the present instance; and my one mild reproach was on the subject of the phantom Crawshay.
He had the instinctive secretiveness of the inveterate criminal.
When the children show abnormal behavior like change in eating habits, secretiveness, social withdrawal or outburst of anger, it is time to consult a psychiatrist,' Dr Mufti said cautioning parents not to hand over their children to servants as a first step to their protection.
However, to reap the real dividends of the law for the people of Pakistan, change in the mindset at every level would play crucial role so that the culture of openness could replace the culture of secretiveness and a general trend of shying away from taking responsibility and being accountable.
While many reasons can be offered for such secretiveness, like security, I find it ironic that when I made Philippine flood maps, I had to rely on US agencies to download Philippine data.
It may be that it is assumed Golestaneh informed the men after his release that the United States knew about them, so the secretiveness about the indictment meant little.
Addie Sullivan, one of Meriel-Claire's clients, who, significantly, sells books in front of the fountain in the park, acts as a foil for both Daneen and her mirror image, the mermaid: Addie's "ugly" appearance (216) contrasts with their beauty, her poverty with their riches, and her forthcoming, genuine nature with their cool secretiveness.
The chapter makes for fascinating reading, as Wee reveals husbands' and wives' explanations for their secretiveness about finances and for concealing money from their spouse.
THE most senior freemason in South Wales has defended the secretiveness of Wales' 13,000 masons.
Among the lovers Bingham traces are Henrietta's Smith College teacher, Mina Stein Kirstein (New York City Ballet founder Lincoln Kirstein's older sister), who took Henrietta to London and introduced her to psychoanalysis and to "a bisexual culture where flamboyance and secretiveness often overlapped.