from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being reticent; reserve.
  • n. The state or quality of being reluctant; unwillingness.
  • n. An instance of being reticent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. tight-lippedness, discretion, avoidance of saying too much
  • n. a silent and reserved nature

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being reticent, or keeping silence; the state of holding one's tonque; refraining to speak of that which is suggested; uncommunicativeness.
  • n. A figure by which a person really speaks of a thing while he makes a show as if he would say nothingon the subject.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fact or character of being reticent; a disposition to keep, or the keeping of, one's own counsel; the state of being silent; reservation of one's thoughts or opinions.
  • n. In rhetoric, aposiopesis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary


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From Latin reticentia, from reticēre



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  • Her letters'

    reticence -

    does she think

    he does not

    want me to

    know she writes?

    - Peter Reading, Trio, from The Prison Cell and Barrel Mystery, 1976

    June 23, 2008