Definition of Reticent

1. Adjective. Temperamentally disinclined to talk.

Exact synonyms: Untalkative
Similar to: Taciturn
Derivative terms: Reticence



2. Adjective. Cool and formal in manner.
Exact synonyms: Restrained, Unemotional
Similar to: Undemonstrative

3. Adjective. Reluctant to draw attention to yourself.
Exact synonyms: Retiring, Self-effacing
Similar to: Unassertive

Definition of Reticent

1. a. Inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative.

Definition of Reticent

1. Adjective. Keeping one's thoughts and opinions to oneself; reserved or restrained. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Reticent

1. tending to be silent [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Reticent

rethrew
rethrow
rethrowing
rethrown
rethrows
retia
retial
retiari
retiarii
retiarius
retiary
reticence
reticences
reticencies
reticency
reticent (current term)
reticently
retick
reticket
reticketed
reticketing
retickets
reticle
reticle eyepiece
reticles
reticul-
reticula
reticular
reticular activating system
reticular cartilage

Literary usage of Reticent

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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"restrictive appositives See APPOSITIVES. reticent, reticence reticent has ... In its older, better established uses, reticent can mean “inclined to be ..."

2. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"See GLOOMY, DEPRESSING, WICKED, IGNORANT, HIDDEN, SECRET, reticent, THREATENING. darken, vt 1. dark (archaic or poetic), denigrate (rare); spec, darkle, ..."

3. A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital by John Beauchamp Jones (1866)
"There was some fighting near Petersburg yesterday and the day before ; but the press is reticent—a bad sign. There is a rumor that Charleston has been ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"... is therefore fuller and more forcible than any other put forward by the religious exiles, who were generally very reticent in their complaints. ..."

5. Studies of a Biographer by Leslie Stephen (1902)
"fessor Brandes seems to think, strengthens the case, because the dedication would naturally be reticent. The argument recalls the old retort— My wound is ..."

6. Anne Boleyn: A Chapter of English History. 1527-1536 by Paul Friedmann (1884)
"She certainly was at first rather reticent, for we know from one of Henry's letters that she kept ..."

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