Definition of secretive
: disposed to secrecy : not open or outgoing in speech, activity, or purposes
Examples of secretive in a Sentence
He's very secretive about his work.
the intelligence agency remained secretive despite the media's demands for more openness in government
Recent Examples of secretive from the Web
Iran's judiciary is a hard-line and secretive institution, and convictions are often based on little to no evidence and vague charges, rights groups say.
Turkey’s government blames the military rebellion on the Gulen Movement, a secretive Islamic sect, claiming that its crackdown is aimed at rooting out the movement’s members and protecting democracy.
A grand jury proceeding is more secretive, involving only the seven members of the jury, the prosecutor and the witnesses.
In 2015, ISRIB was licensed to the secretive Google spinout company Calico, which studies the biology of aging and lifespan.
One thing Chewa women are shut out of is the Nyau brotherhood (pictured), a secretive society who can channel spirits and performs a ritual dance called Gule Wamkulu around harvest and at weddings and funeral.
In a particularly secretive industry, information about the nature of cyber attacks is still scarce, which insurance and shipping officials say is an obstacle to mitigating the risk, which means there are gaps in insurance cover available.
Possible responses, including sanctions and cyberattacks, were discussed in an environment so secretive that meetings held in the Situation Room were locked down to a level of security last seen before the Osama bin Laden raid in 2011.
Meyers wasn’t the only one harping on the G.O.P.’s secretive ways on Wednesday night.
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Origin and Etymology of secretive
back-formation from secretiveness, partial translation of French secrétivité
First Known Use: 1835See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of secretive
SECRETIVE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of secretive for Students
: tending to act in secret or keep secrets
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