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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

    Synonyms:
    untalkative, retiring, restrained, self-effacing, unemotional

    Antonyms:
    self-assertive, assertive, self-asserting, voluble, demonstrative

  2. restrained, reticent, unemotional(adj)

    cool and formal in manner

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

    Antonyms:
    self-asserting, self-assertive, demonstrative, voluble, assertive

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

    reluctant to draw attention to yourself

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

    Antonyms:
    assertive, self-asserting, demonstrative, voluble, self-assertive

Wiktionary

  1. reticent(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    reserved, restrained, tight-lipped

  2. reticent(adjective)

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

    Synonyms:
    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.

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

    Antonyms:
    communicative, free, garrulous, loquacious, talkative, unreserved

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. reticent

    Synonyms:
    silent, taciturn, voiceless, still, re-

Editors Contribution

  1. shy

    Submitted by anonymous on September 6, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. reticent(a.)

    Synonyms:
    reserved, taciturn, silent (by habit)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. reticent(a)

    Synonyms:
    taciturn, reserved, uncommunicative

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

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

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#15923mute
#19227retiring
#19538unwilling
#23015guarded
#26149restrained
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#39678speechless
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#61086unassuming
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#116926taciturn
#143480unemotional
#241021uncommunicative

How to use reticent in a sentence?

  1. Isabelle Defourny:

    The high mortality rate is tragic for the populations and makes it even harder to contain the epidemic because the patients, in the absence of effective treatments, are understandably reticent about coming to centers.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Isabelle Defourny:

    The high mortality rate is tragic for the populations and makes it even harder to contain the epidemic because the patients, in the absence of effective treatments, are understandably reticent about coming to centres.

  5. 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.


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