- Reticence is being reserved, quiet or reluctant.
An example of reticence is a person sitting in a corner not engaging with anyone at a dinner party.
reticence definition by Webster's New World
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the quality or state, or an instance, of being reticent; reserve
Origin: ; from French or L: French réticence ; from Classical Latin reticentia
reticence definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The state or quality of being reticent; reserve.
- The state or quality of being reluctant; unwillingness.
- An instance of being reticent.