from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation.
  • adj. Providing seclusion: a reclusive hut.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, characterized by, or preferring privacy and isolation; secluded.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Affording retirement from society.
  • adj. Disposed to avoid the company of other people; living like a recluse{1}; not sociable; -- of people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Affording retirement from society; recluse.

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

  • adj. providing privacy or seclusion
  • adj. withdrawn from society; seeking solitude


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