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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reticent
1834, from L. reticentem, prp. of reticere (see reticence).
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Example sentences
Being an introvert does not mean being incompetent, shy, or even reticent.
Much of the mystery was of her own making, growing out of her reticent, elusive
  personality.
He is reticent and shy, and his pared-down approach to the presentation of
  himself applies also to the presentation of his work.
He's less reticent about discussing his frequent-flier mileage balance, which
  presumably exceeds that of his peers.
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