Simple Definition of secretive
: not letting people see or know what you are doing or thinking : tending to act in secret
Full Definition of secretive
: disposed to secrecy : not open or outgoing in speech, activity, or purposes
Examples of secretive in a sentence
He's very secretive about his work.
<the intelligence agency remained secretive despite the media's demands for more openness in government>
Origin of secretive
back-formation from secretiveness, part translation of French secrétivité
First Known Use: 1835
Synonym Discussion of secretive
SECRETIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of secretive for Students
: tending to act in secret or keep secrets
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