reticence

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noun ret·i·cence \ˈre-tə-sən(t)s\

Definition of reticence

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being reticent :  reserve, restraint

  2. 2 :  an instance of being reticent

  3. 3 :  reluctance 1

Examples of reticence in a Sentence

  1. the publisher's reticence to make content available online for free

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First Known Use of reticence

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