semisecrecy

secrecy

[see-kruh-see]
noun, plural secrecies for 2, 3.
1.
the state or condition of being secret, hidden, or concealed: a meeting held in secrecy.
2.
privacy; retirement; seclusion.
3.
ability to keep a secret.
4.
the habit or characteristic of being secretive; reticence.

Origin:
1375–1425; obsolete secre (< Middle French secré secret) + -cy; replacing late Middle English secretee, equivalent to secre + -tee -ty2

antisecrecy, adjective
nonsecrecy, noun, plural nonsecrecies.
prosecrecy, adjective
semisecrecy, noun
supersecrecy, noun, plural supersecrecies.


1. confidentiality, privacy, stealth, covertness.
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secrecy (ˈsiːkrɪsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  the state or quality of being secret
2.  the state of keeping something secret
3.  the ability or tendency to keep things secret

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secrecy
1423, secretee, "quality of being secret," from O.Fr. secré, variant of secret (see secret). Form altered late 16c. on model of primacy, etc.
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