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reserve, reticence, taciturnity(noun)
the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary
tight-lippedness, discretion, avoidance of saying too much
a silent and reserved nature
Origin: From reticentia, from reticere
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
a figure by which a person really speaks of a thing while he makes a show as if he would say nothingon the subject
Origin: [L. reticentia: cf. F. rticence.]
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The thing that maybe was a little surprising was the reticence of the defendants to step forward and do that. she couldn't say something that wasn't true.
The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans, now I don't want to leave you with the impression that there is some imminent announcement, there is not, at least that I know of.
Comprehensive talkers are apt to be tiresome when we are not athirst for information; but, to be quite fair, we must admit that superior reticence is a good deal due to lack of matter. Speech is often barren, but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled nest-egg; and, when it takes to cackling, will have nothing to announce but that addled delusion.
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