reclusive

adjective re·clu·sive \ ri-ˈklü-siv , -ziv \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of reclusive

1 : seeking solitude : retiring from society
  • a reclusive neighbor
  • While Stephen King is far from reclusive, he doesn't spend much time promoting his horror-filled novels.
  • —Sarah Lyall
2 : marked by seclusion or retirement : solitary
  • … sit under the reclusive calm of the acacia tree.
  • —H. E. Bates

reclusively

adverb

reclusiveness

noun

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