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

  • adj. Having or marked by an inclination to secrecy; not open, forthright, or frank. See Synonyms at silent.

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  • adj. Having an inclination to secrecy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to secrete, or to keep secret or private.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to secrete or keep secret; given to secrecy or concealment; reticent or reserved concerning one's own or another's affairs.
  • Causing or promoting secretion.

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

  • adj. inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information


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