- The definition of reticent is inclined to not speak or restrained or quiet in style.
An example of reticent is a student who never raises her hand or answers a question in class.
- habitually silent or uncommunicative; disinclined to speak readily; reserved; taciturn
- having a restrained, quiet, or understated quality
Origin: L reticens, present participle of reticere, to be silent from re-, again plush tacere, to be silent: see tacit
- reticently adverb
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- Inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself. See Synonyms at silent.
- Restrained or reserved in style.
- Reluctant; unwilling.
Origin: Latin reticēns, reticent-, present participle of reticēre, to keep silent : re-, re- + tacēre, to be silent.
- retˈi·cent·ly adverb