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  • n. The quality of being furtive

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a disposition to be sly and stealthy and to do things surreptitiously


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  • They had been carrying on their Tuesday morning affair for almost two years now and though Mr Malik had never had an affair, he supposed that a certain furtiveness was necessary to achieve full satisfaction in these things.

    Excerpt: A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson

  • At that moment she saw Gil Huntley beckoning to her with a frantic kind of furtiveness that was a fair mixture of pinched-together eyebrows and slight jerkings of the head, and a guarded movement of his hand that hung at his side.

    Jean of the Lazy A

  • Competition in exploration often develops an atmosphere of suspicion and furtiveness which is highly unfavorable to coöperative efforts.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

  •      As for single women, I suppose less furtiveness means less shock.


  • This furtiveness is not helpful in a time of high public anxiety.

    Now for the Slaughter

  • Without some encoded furtiveness, some intimations of a secret through-the-looking-glass world, the magic vanishes.

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  • Privacy in the Alcott family was equated with secrecy and furtiveness.

    Louisa May Alcott

  • Local boatmen who knew every cove and bay had no trouble finding places to land their bounty; the names of the most popular drop-off spots in the area of Brunswick, Maine—Halfway Rock, Gun Point—suggest the furtiveness of their activity.


  • Because of furtiveness of this administration those who support McCain have no more idea of what the military brass really thinks than any of us.

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  • There seemed to be a furtiveness to her now that Eli had not noticed before.

    New Race


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