characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, especially for purposes of subversion or deception; private or surreptitious: Their clandestine meetings went undiscovered for two years.

1560–70; < Latin clandestīnus, equivalent to *clande, *clamde, variant of clam secretly (with -de adv. particle) + -stīnus, probably after intestīnus internal; see intestine

clandestinely, adverb
clandestineness, clandestinity, noun
unclandestinely, adverb

hidden, underhand, confidential, illicit. Unabridged
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clandestine (klænˈdɛstɪn)
secret and concealed, often for illicit reasons; furtive
[C16: from Latin clandestīnus, from clam secretly; related to Latin celāre to hide]

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Word Origin & History

1566, from L. clandestinus "secret, hidden," from clam "secretly," from base of celare "to hide" (see cell).
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Example sentences
Bribery, betting and betrayal are the order of the day, and secret negotiations
  and clandestine plots abound.
While the relationship was private, it can hardly be called furtive or
Biological weapons are not only more potent than chemical weapons but they are
  easier to produce in small, clandestine facilities.
And a handful of the youngest ones are scouts for the clandestine betting
  houses in the city center.
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