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reticent

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of reticent

  1. 1 given to keeping one's activities hidden from public observation or knowledge the panel decided to investigate the fraud charges against the company, which has always been reticent about its internal operations Synonyms of reticent close, closemouthed, dark, secretive, tight-mouthed, uncommunicativeWords Related to reticent quiet, reserved, silent, taciturn, tight-lipped; discreet, prudent; clandestine, covert, furtive, hugger-mugger, secret, sneak, sneaky, stealthy, surreptitious, undercover, underhand, underhandedNear Antonyms of reticent candid, frank, honest, out-front, up-front; blunt, outspoken, tactlessAntonyms of reticent communicative, open

  2. 2 tending not to speak frequently (as by habit or inclination) her husband is by nature a reticent person, and she resigned herself to that fact long ago Synonyms of reticent closemouthed, dumb, laconic, reserved, silent, taciturn, tight-lipped, uncommunicativeWords Related to reticent aloof, indrawn, inhibited, introverted, reserved, restrained; sedate, self-contained, sober, staid; backward, bashful, coy, demure, diffident, modest, retiring, self-effacing, sheepishNear Antonyms of reticent free-spoken, outspoken, vocal; gossipy, talebearing; diffuse, long-winded, prolix, rambling, verbose, windy, wordy; extroverted (also extraverted), gregarious, outgoing, sociableAntonyms of reticent blabby, chatty, communicative, conversational, gabby, garrulous, loquacious, motormouthed, mouthy, talkative, talky, unreserved

  3. 3 slow to begin or proceed with a course of action because of doubts or uncertainty understandably, she's reticent about becoming involved with another evangelical religious sect Synonyms of reticent cagey (also cagy), disinclined, dubious, indisposed, loath (also loth or loathe), reluctant, hesitantWords Related to reticent uneager, unenthusiastic; averse, unwilling; ambivalent, conflicted, doubtful, faltering, halting, indecisive, infirm, irresolute, questioning, skeptical, uncertain, undecided, unsure, vacillating, wobbly (also wabbly); fainthearted, shy, timidNear Antonyms of reticent eager, enthusiastic, glad, happy, keen; ready, willing; certain, decided, determined, resolute, sure, unquestioningAntonyms of reticent disposed, inclined

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