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
And that Keepers was excited to be part of something secretive.
Thanks to the fish’s rarity, videos are valuable for unveiling more details about their secretive lives.
Yes, depressing East Berlin had a secretive rock scene unknown to most West Berliners.
Outside analysts believe North Korea may be able to arm some of its shorter-range missiles with nuclear warheads, though the exact state of the North’s secretive weapons program is unknown.
Outside analysts believe North Korea may be able to arm some of its shorter-range missiles with nuclear warheads, though the exact state of the North's secretive weapons program is unknown.
Political and religious enemies have attacked the secretive group for centuries.
Even the notoriously secretive Apple published its first research paper in the field late last year.
Until now, the secretive firm, founded in 1988 by former Columbia University computer science professor David Shaw, has made money by using mathematical techniques to look for profit in stocks, commodities, and foreign currencies.
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Origin and Etymology of secretive
back-formation from secretiveness, partial translation of French secrétivité
First Known Use: 1835
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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