reticent

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See also: réticent

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin reticēns, present participle of reticeō (to keep silence).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛtɪsənt/
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Adjective[edit]

reticent (comparative more reticent, superlative most reticent)

  1. Keeping one's thoughts and opinions to oneself; reserved or restrained.
  2. (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.

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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 [1].

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin reticēns, attested from 1868.[1]

Adjective[edit]

reticent (masculine and feminine plural reticents)

  1. reticent

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References[edit]

  1. ^ reticent”, in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana, 2022

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

reticent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of reticeō

Occitan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin reticēns.

Adjective[edit]

reticent m (feminine singular reticenta, masculine plural reticents, feminine plural reticentas)

  1. reticent

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French réticent.

Adjective[edit]

reticent m or n (feminine singular reticentă, masculine plural reticenți, feminine and neuter plural reticente)

  1. reluctant

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