ret·​i·​cence | \ ˈre-tə-sən(t)s \

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

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That reticence has likely helped keep a lid on its stock. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Google’s Cloud Is Turning Into a Rainmaker," 24 July 2018 But perhaps the biggest obstacle to bringing McCarrick’s actions to light was the reticence of victims themselves to come forward or go on the record: a point both Duin and Dreher raised. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A Catholic cardinal has weathered sex abuse allegations for years. Now they’re finally public," 29 July 2018 Her reticence does say something, though, about President Trump’s public image. Anna North, Vox, "Why Melania’s response to Trump’s alleged affairs was so weird," 12 Oct. 2018 There has been the boom, then there was the bust, there was a lot reticence to spend money again on digital media. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Redef CEO Jason Hirschhorn returns to Recode Media with Peter Kafka," 23 Aug. 2018 How many of Cutler’s former offensive coordinators and teammates recognized the familiar reticence? David Haugh,, "Jay Cutler, the King of Not Caring, still rules on 'Very Cavallari'," 9 July 2018 But, interestingly, it’s also because of health insurer reticence, if not resistance. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Why Hasn’t Telemedicine Taken Off? Hey, Blame This Guy.," 3 July 2018 Obama’s reticence is more than simply a matter of communications strategy. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Where Is Barack Obama?," 24 June 2018 Levin is joking, but the reticence about her physical description is real. David Ferry, San Francisco Chronicle, "Food critic Rachel Levin contemplates close encounters of the animal kind," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of reticence

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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