Adjective "reticent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily.
  1. 'Ten years and a lot of reticent memories after, their winding roads are finally coming to that familiar intersection once more.'
  2. 'The other streak that Gould does not mention in these essays is a streak of his own, though his publishers are not so reticent.'
  3. 'The spendthrift ways of provincial governments have made international lending agencies reticent to loan desperately needed cash.'
  4. 'Of course, if gambling in groups doesn't appeal to your reticent nature, most of these games are also available in the single player mode.'
  5. 'Yet, although he may seem a bit reticent, he certainly is not a recluse.'
  6. 'Intolerable Cruelty is a movie in which the brothers' distinctive presence is quite reticent and discreet in terms of script.'
  7. 'It's reticent because it lacks the authority to be declarative.'
  8. 'He was unusually withdrawn and reticent during that time, until suddenly, the more public horror of world events seemed to shock him out of it.'
  9. 'He never wanted anything from life and was a quiet, reticent man not given to violence.'
  10. 'Like others who are naturally reticent and introverted he was able, says Dimbleby, to lose himself in the disciplined freedom of performance.'


1. disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.

2. reluctant or restrained.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be reticent about things."

"manies can be reticent about pointings."

"shareholders can be reticent at things."

"people can be reticent about cases."

"latters can be reticent in things."

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Mid 19th century: from Latin reticent- ‘remaining silent’, from the verb reticere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + tacere ‘be silent’.