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reticence

[ret-uh-suhns]
noun
the state of being reticent, or reserved, especially with regard to speaking freely; restraint: His natural reticence seemed to disappear under the influence of alcohol.
Sometimes, reticency.

nonreticence, noun
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reticent

[ret-uh-suhnt]
adjective
1.
disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.
2.
reluctant or restrained.

Origin:
1825–35; < Latin reticent- (stem of reticēns), present participle of reticēre to be silent, equivalent to re- re- + -tic-, combining form of tacēre to be silent (cf. tacit) + -ent- -ent

reticence, reticency, noun
reticently, adverb
nonreticent, adjective
nonreticently, adverb
unreticent, adjective
unreticently, adverb

1. reluctant, reticent (see synonym study at reluctant) ; 2. reticent, reluctant.


1. taciturn, quiet, uncommunicative.


1. talkative, voluble.
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reticent (ˈrɛtɪsənt)
 
adj
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]
 
'reticence
 
n
 
'reticently
 
adv

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reticence
c.1600, from Fr. réticence, from L. reticentia "silence," from reticere "keep silent," from re-, intensive prefix, + tacere "be silent" (see tact). "Not in common use until after 1830" [OED].

reticent
1834, from L. reticentem, prp. of reticere (see reticence).
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