reticence

noun
ret·​i·​cence | \ ˈre-tə-sən(t)s How to pronounce reticence (audio) \

Definition of reticence

1 : the quality or state of being reticent : reserve, restraint
2 : an instance of being reticent

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Examples of reticence in a Sentence

the publisher's reticence to make content available online for free
Recent Examples on the Web Some countries are starting to overcome their reticence, but scholars and bankers say cum-ex and its mutations still pose a financial threat. David Segal, New York Times, "It May Be the Biggest Tax Heist Ever. And Europe Wants Justice.," 23 Jan. 2020 Theirs was an instant attraction, but as Mr. Inskeep recounts, Jessie saw more in her suitor than his flowing hair and alluring reticence. Andrew R. Graybill, WSJ, "‘Imperfect Union’ Review: Mr. & Mrs. Pathfinder," 17 Jan. 2020 That reticence, enforced by a nondisclosure agreement, bedeviled Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign until last Monday, when McKinsey granted him a rare dispensation to reveal the names of his former clients. New York Times, "How McKinsey Makes Its Own Rules," 14 Dec. 2019 That reticence, enforced by a nondisclosure agreement, bedeviled Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign until last Monday, when McKinsey granted him a rare dispensation to reveal the names of his former clients. Ian Macdougall, ProPublica, "How McKinsey Makes Its Own Rules," 14 Dec. 2019 But that reticence may prove a recipe for long-run stagnation. The Economist, "Are anti-competitive firms killing American innovation?," 12 Dec. 2019 Strasburg’s public face ranges from wooden to laconic to occasional bursts of engaged reticence, and so the Nationals’ provocateurs are determined to wring joy out of their 6-foot-5, 230-pound anchor. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "'Embrace it': Stephen Strasburg's legendary postseason hits its apex with gritty Game 2 win," 24 Oct. 2019 But the brevity of their encounter underscored Trump's reticence. Anchorage Daily News, "Former White House officials say they feared Putin influenced the president’s views on Ukraine, 2016 campaign," 20 Dec. 2019 Get our daily newsletter The details explain both the initial reticence and the subsequent defensiveness. The Economist, "How would Elizabeth Warren pay for her health policy?," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of reticence

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reticence was in 1603

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5 Feb 2020

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“Reticence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reticence. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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