1. disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.
2. reluctant or restrained.
Can be confused: reluctant
1. taciturn, quiet, uncommunicative.
1. talkative, voluble.
Origin: 1825–35; < Latin reticent- (stem of reticēns ), present participle of reticēre to be silent, equivalent to re- re- + -tic-, combining form of tacēre to be silent (cf. tacit) + -ent- -ent
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