reclusive

adjective
re·​clu·​sive | \ ri-ˈklü-siv How to pronounce reclusive (audio) , -ziv\

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

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Other Words from reclusive

reclusively adverb
reclusiveness noun

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Family told deputies Mack was reclusive and hadn’t been seen or heard from since April 19, CBS News, the Cleburne Times-Review and Bluefield Daily Paragraph. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Missing 57-Year-Old Texas Man Was Killed by 12 of His Own Dogs, Police Say," 10 July 2019 Underscoring the high stakes of Trump’s diplomacy are many G-20 nations' deep concerns about North Korea, whose two unprecedented summits with Trump have yet to yield a deal to address the reclusive country's nuclear weapons. NBC News, "Trump spoiling for a deal as leaders gather in Japan," 27 June 2019 The homeowner, Robert Heiskell, was a U.S. Navy veteran, a quiet and reclusive man whose wife had died years earlier. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Phoenix funeral home took control of dead people's estates, then charged them excessive fees, complaints say," 21 June 2019 Authorities are concerned about the aggressiveness of the coyotes, which are normally reclusive. Maria Carter, Country Living, "This Town Just Had Its Fourth Coyote Attack In a Single Month," 11 July 2015 While the Taliban have confined their struggle to Afghanistan, the IS militants pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the reclusive leader of the group in the Middle East, and embraced his call for a worldwide jihad against non-Muslims. Washington Post, "Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West," 10 June 2019 While the Taliban have confined their struggle to Afghanistan, the IS militants pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the reclusive leader of the group in the Middle East, and embraced his call for a worldwide jihad against non-Muslims. Fox News, "Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West," 10 June 2019 Traumatized by his stay at Sunnyside daycare, this reclusive Chatter Telephone aids—and later squeals on—Andy's toys in Toy Story 3. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "The Patents Behind Toy Story’s Beloved Characters," 14 June 2019 Fans who missed seeing Taylor Swift during her reclusive reputation era have a lot to celebrate in the time of her upcoming album, presently known as TS7. Glamour, "Taylor Swift Just Dropped Another Huge Hint About Her New Album Title," 25 May 2019

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First Known Use of reclusive

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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