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See also: réticent
- Keeping one's thoughts and opinions to oneself; reserved or restrained.
- 1870 April–September, Charles Dickens, chapter XXIII, in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, London: Chapman and Hall, […], published 1870, OCLC 505123078:
- But he was a reticent as well as an eccentric man; and he made no mention of a certain evening when he warmed his hands at the gatehouse fire, and looked steadily down upon a certain heap of torn and miry clothes upon the floor.
- 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented […], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), London: James R[ipley] Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., […], OCLC 13623666:
- She had told him she was not now at Marlott, but had been curiously reticent as to her actual address, and the only course was to go to Marlott and inquire for it.
- 1915 August–September, John Buchan, chapter 3, in The Thirty-Nine Steps, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, published October 1915, OCLC 1051118029:
- The milkman had been released, I read, and the true criminal, about whose identity the police were reticent, was believed to have got away from London by one of the northern lines.
- (proscribed) Hesitant or not wanting to take some action; reluctant (usually followed by a verb in the infinitive).
- 2011, C. Dallett Hemphill, “chapter 3”, in Siblings: Brothers and Sisters in American History:
- One letter from Deborah presents an especially fascinating contrast with Jane's letters to her brother. Whereas Jane was keen on discussing politics, Deborah was reticent to do so.
- 2014, Michael Naas, Zeynep Direk, Leonard Lawlor, editor, A Companion to Derrida, page 236:
- But I would now like to argue that there was for Derrida a privileged site in Ancient Philosophy for this question, one to which Derrida would repeatedly return in his writing and thinking – Socrates’ denigration or denunciation of writing, his attempt in the Phaedrus to exclude writing from thinking and philosophy proper. As I suggested at the outset, this claim regarding Derrida’s relation to the Greeks is one that Derrida himself would have been reticent to accept.
- 2014, Ray Bull, Investigative Interviewing, page 3:
- The police may be reticent to charge the alleged offender, prosecutors reticent to continue with the prosecution, and juries reticent to convict.
- The second sense of reticent has developed in the years since the end of the Second World War and is still not universally accepted as correct usage. However, of the major English-language dictionaries, Merriam-Webster does recognize the newer sense .
- (sense 1) reserved, restrained, tight-lipped (See also Thesaurus:taciturn)
- (sense 2) reluctant, unwilling
reticent (masculine and feminine plural reticents)
- “reticent” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
- “reticent” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
- “reticent” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.
Declension of reticent