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Synonyms for reticent
ˈrɛt ə sənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reticent, untalkative(adj)

    temperamentally disinclined to talk

    untalkative, retiring, restrained, self-effacing, unemotional

    self-assertive, assertive, self-asserting, voluble, demonstrative

  2. restrained, reticent, unemotional(adj)

    cool and formal in manner

    restrained, guarded, moderate, untalkative, retiring, self-effacing, quiet, unemotional

    self-asserting, self-assertive, demonstrative, voluble, assertive

  3. reticent, self-effacing, retiring(adj)

    reluctant to draw attention to yourself

    retiring(a), restrained, preceding(a), self-effacing, untalkative, retiring, unassuming, unemotional, past(a)

    assertive, self-asserting, demonstrative, voluble, self-assertive


  1. reticent(adjective)

    reserved, restrained, tight-lipped

  2. reticent(adjective)

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

    restrained, tight-lipped, reserved

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. reticent

    Dumb, mute, silent and speechless refer to fact or state; taciturn refers to habit and disposition. The talkative person may be stricken dumb with surprise or terror; the obstinate may remain mute; one may be silent through preoccupation of mind or of set purpose; but the taciturn person is averse to the utterance of thought or feeling and to communication with others, either from natural disposition or for the occasion. One who is silent does not speak at all; one who is taciturn speaks when compelled, but in a grudging way that repels further approach. Reserved suggests more of method and intention than taciturn, applying often to some special time or topic; one who is communicative regarding all else may be reserved about his business. Reserved is thus closely equivalent to uncommunicative, but is a somewhat stronger word, often suggesting pride or haughtiness, as when we say one is reserved toward inferiors. Compare PRIDE.

    close, dumb, mute, reserved, silent, speechless, taciturn, uncommunicative

    communicative, free, garrulous, loquacious, talkative, unreserved

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. reticent

    silent, taciturn, voiceless, still, re-

Editors Contribution

  1. shy

    Submitted by anonymous on September 6, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. reticent(a.)

    reserved, taciturn, silent (by habit)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. reticent(a)

    taciturn, reserved, uncommunicative

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "reticent":

    reluctant, timid, hesitant, reserved, unwilling, secretive, reticence

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  1. William Lee:

    That high level of trade uncertainty is causing manufacturing firms to be reticent to make investments. That high degree of uncertainty is a drag on U.S. growth, the real issue is that China wants respect. China wants a face-saving way of coming to the table.

  2. Stephen Innes:

    There's a lack of adoption on Wall Street, the big banks that most people are doing business with are reticent to get involved, which I think is telling.

  3. Chris Christie:

    We acted differently, we conducted our lives differently. We were reticent. We were scared to do things as a people. That's a stealing of our liberty too.

  4. The Teachings of Ebenezum, Volume VIII:

    A wizard cannot do everything; a fact most magicians are reticent to admit, let alone discuss with prospective clients. Still, the fact remains that there are certain objects, and people, that are, for one reason or another, completely immune to any direct magical spell. It is for this group of beings that the magician learns the subtleties of using indirect spells. It also does no harm, in dealing with these matters, to carry a large club near your person at all times.

  5. Kenneth Satterlee:

    He's very reticent to engage in any kind of vitriol with his fellow Republican candidates, there's a lot of recommendations to do so, but it's not in his nature. He is statesman-like.

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