from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or quality of being reticent; reserve.
- n. The state or quality of being reluctant; unwillingness.
- n. An instance of being reticent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. tight-lippedness, discretion, avoidance of saying too much
- n. a silent and reserved nature
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being reticent, or keeping silence; the state of holding one's tonque; refraining to speak of that which is suggested; uncommunicativeness.
- n. A figure by which a person really speaks of a thing while he makes a show as if he would say nothingon the subject.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fact or character of being reticent; a disposition to keep, or the keeping of, one's own counsel; the state of being silent; reservation of one's thoughts or opinions.
- n. In rhetoric, aposiopesis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary
From Latin reticentia, from reticēre (Wiktionary)