What is another word for reticent?

Synonyms for reticent
ˈrɛt ə səntret·i·cent

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  1. reticentadjective

    reserved, restrained, tight-lipped

  2. reticentadjective

    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-

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reticent, untalkativeadjective

    temperamentally disinclined to talk

    untalkative, retiring, restrained, self-effacing, unemotional

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

  2. restrained, reticent, unemotionaladjective

    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, retiringadjective

    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

Editors Contribution

  1. shy

    Submitted by anonymous on September 6, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. reticentadjective

    reserved, taciturn, silent (by habit)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. reticentadjective

    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. 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.

  2. Andrew Challenger:

    We've been in a period of extremely low layoffs and a labor shortage. Companies have been reticent to let go of anybody.

  3. Francis Bacon in his work:

    I won't be there. I don't want to know, because they are not only drawings to me, but memories. I can remember pretty well when I did every drawing, what mood I was in. I'm very reticent, but we shall see if I regret it or not.

  4. Andy Challenger:

    Traditional retailers have been reticent to commit to hiring targets for the holiday season, which reflects the uncertain business environment they face with sky-high unemployment, dwindling government stimulus, and changing consumer spending patterns.

  5. 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.

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