secretive

1 [see-kri-tiv, si-kree-]
adjective
having or showing a disposition to secrecy; reticent: He seems secretive about his new job.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English; back formation from secretiveness (itself modeled on French secrétivité). See secret, -ive

secretively, adverb
secretiveness, noun


secret, close.
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secretive

2 [si-kree-tiv]
adjective

Origin:
secret(ion) + -ive

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secretive (ˈsiːkrɪtɪv, sɪˈkriːtɪv)
 
adj
1.  inclined to secrecy; reticent
2.  another word for secretory
 
'secretively
 
adv
 
'secretiveness
 
n

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Example sentences
Clouded leopards are so secretive that their current range can only be guessed
  at and population estimates vary widely.
Some companies are admittedly more secretive than others.
Another problem stems from how secretive private investment firms can be about
  their business.
They have a somewhat unusual one-page website, which is quite secretive and
  defensive.
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