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Definitions for secretive
ˈsi krɪ tɪv, sɪˈkri-se·cre·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. close, closelipped, closemouthed, secretive, tightlippedadjective

    inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information

    "although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it"


  1. secretiveadjective

    Having an inclination to secrecy.


  1. secretive

    Secrecy is the practice of hiding information from certain individuals or groups who do not have the "need to know", perhaps while sharing it with other individuals. That which is kept hidden is known as the secret. Secrecy is often controversial, depending on the content or nature of the secret, the group or people keeping the secret, and the motivation for secrecy. Secrecy by government entities is often decried as excessive or in promotion of poor operation; excessive revelation of information on individuals can conflict with virtues of privacy and confidentiality. It is often contrasted with social transparency. Secrecy can exist in a number of different ways: encoding or encryption (where mathematical and technical strategies are used to hide messages), true secrecy (where restrictions are put upon those who take part of the message, such as through government security classification) and obfuscation, where secrets are hidden in plain sight behind complex idiosyncratic language (jargon) or steganography. Another classification proposed by Claude Shannon in 1948 reads there are three systems of secrecy within communication: concealment systems, including such methods as invisible ink, concealing a message in an innocent text, or in a fake covering cryptogram, or other methods in which the existence of the message is concealed from the enemy privacy systems, for example, voice inversion, in which special equipment is required to recover the message "true" secrecy systems where the meaning of the message is concealed by the cypher, code, etc., although its existence is not hidden, and the enemy is assumed to have any special equipment necessary to intercept and record the transmitted signal


  1. secretive

    Secretive refers to the tendency or behavior of keeping one's thoughts, intentions, or actions hidden or concealed from others. It implies being reluctant or unwilling to divulge information or share personal details. Someone or something described as secretive often tends to avoid transparency or openness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secretiveadjective

    tending to secrete, or to keep secret or private; as, a secretive disposition

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of secretive in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of secretive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of secretive in a Sentence

  1. Anthony Fauci:

    [T]he Chinese are very closed, in a way of being very reluctant, particularly when you have a disease that evolves in their country, they become extremely secretive, even though there’s no reason to be secretive, i think they were very concerned and maybe embarrassed that the virus evolved from their country but there’s nothing wrong with that.

  2. Otero County:

    But for The FBI to get involved that quick and be so secretive about The FBI, there was a lot of stuff going on up there.

  3. Tomi Lahren:

    Seems to me the misleading and uncertain thing here is why Governor Newsom and Posey are being so secretive. If there’s some science-based reasoning for this reopening change of heart, I know I’d like to hear it.

  4. Tom Wetterer:

    Critical infrastructure laws like Texas' were created by oil and gas lobbyists and secretive groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council to restrict First Amendment rights and to try to bring to bear extraordinary consequences for legitimate protests.

  5. Britney Yanick:

    First, John Fetterman's campaign lied about wanting to debate Dr. Oz based on some secretive 'terms' that they won't share with anyone. Now, John Fetterman says he won't debate Doctor Oz 'in the first week of September.' That's another lie, he won't debate Doctor Oz at all, and we all know it. The WFMZ Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber debate makes TWO debates that Fetterman is ducking. So now we have two lies AND two ducked debates. We thought John Fetterman was a big tough guy, so what is he so afraid of? Is he afraid of defending his radical record of releasing murderers back on the streets? Let us know, John.

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