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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reticent mean? 

RETICENT (adjective)
  The adjective RETICENT has 3 senses:

1. temperamentally disinclined to talk
2. cool and formal in manner
3. reluctant to draw attention to yourself

  Familiarity information: RETICENT used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

RETICENT (adjective)

Sense 1reticent [BACK TO TOP]


Temperamentally disinclined to talk


reticent; untalkative


taciturn (habitually reserved and uncommunicative)

Sense 2reticent [BACK TO TOP]


Cool and formal in manner


restrained; reticent; unemotional; reserved


undemonstrative (not given to open expression of emotion)

Sense 3reticent [BACK TO TOP]


Reluctant to draw attention to yourself


self-effacing; reticent; retiring


unassertive (inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence)

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