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reticence

[ret-uh-suh ns] /ˈrɛt ə səns/
noun
1.
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.
Related forms
nonreticence, noun

reticent

[ret-uh-suh nt] /ˈrɛt ə sənt/
adjective
1.
disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.
2.
reluctant or restrained.
Origin
1825-1835
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
Related forms
reticence, reticency, noun
reticently, adverb
nonreticent, adjective
nonreticently, adverb
unreticent, adjective
unreticently, adverb
Can be confused
reluctant, reticent (see synonym study at reluctant)
reticent, reluctant.
Synonyms
1. taciturn, quiet, uncommunicative.
Antonyms
1. talkative, voluble.
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British Dictionary definitions for reticences

reticent

/ˈrɛtɪsənt/
adjective
1.
not open or communicative; not saying all that one knows; taciturn; reserved
Derived Forms
reticence, noun
reticently, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Latin reticēre to keep silent, from re- + tacēre to be silent
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Word Origin and History for reticences

reticence

n.

c.1600, from Middle French réticence (16c.), from Latin reticentia "silence, a keeping silent," from present participle stem of reticere "keep silent," from re- (see re-), + tacere "be silent" (see tacit). "Not in common use until after 1830" [OED].

reticent

adj.

1834, from Latin reticentem (nominative reticens), present participle of reticere "be silent" (see reticence).

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