What does reticence mean?

Definitions for reticence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reserve, reticence, taciturnity(noun)

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


  1. reticence(Noun)

    tight-lippedness, discretion, avoidance of saying too much

  2. reticence(Noun)

    a silent and reserved nature

  3. Origin: From reticentia, from reticere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reticence(noun)

    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

  2. Reticence(noun)

    a figure by which a person really speaks of a thing while he makes a show as if he would say nothingon the subject

  3. Origin: [L. reticentia: cf. F. rticence.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reticence

    ret′i-sens, n. concealment by silence: reserve in speech—also Ret′icency.—adj. Ret′icent, concealing by silence: reserved in speech. [Fr.,—L. reticērere-, tacēre, to be silent.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reticence in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reticence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bob Rubin:

    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.

  2. Press Secretary John Earnest:

    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.

  3. George Eliot:

    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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