secretive

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adjective se·cre·tive \ˈsē-krə-tiv, si-ˈkrē-\

Definition of secretive

  1. :  disposed to secrecy :  not open or outgoing in speech, activity, or purposes

secretively

adverb

secretiveness

noun

Examples of secretive in a sentence

  1. He's very secretive about his work.

  2. <the intelligence agency remained secretive despite the media's demands for more openness in government>

Origin and Etymology of secretive

back-formation from secretiveness, part translation of French secrétivité


First Known Use: 1835

Synonym Discussion of secretive

silent, taciturn, reticent, reserved, secretive mean showing restraint in speaking. silent implies a habit of saying no more than is needed <the strong, silent type>. taciturn implies a temperamental disinclination to speech and usually connotes unsociability <taciturn villagers>. reticent implies a reluctance to speak out or at length, especially about one's own affairs <was reticent about his plans>. reserved implies reticence and suggests the restraining influence of caution or formality in checking easy informal conversational exchange <greetings were brief, formal, and reserved>. secretive, too, implies reticence but usually carries a suggestion of deviousness and lack of frankness or of an often ostentatious will to conceal <the secretive research and development division>.

SECRETIVE Defined for English Language Learners

secretive

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adjective se·cre·tive \ˈsē-krə-tiv, si-ˈkrē-\

Definition of secretive for English Language Learners

  • : not letting people see or know what you are doing or thinking : tending to act in secret


SECRETIVE Defined for Kids

secretive

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adjective se·cre·tive \ˈsē-krə-tiv, si-ˈkrē-\

Definition of secretive for Students

  1. :  tending to act in secret or keep secrets



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