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reticent

adjective uk   /ˈret.ɪ.sənt/ us    /ˈret̬.ə-/ formal
unwilling to speak about your thoughts or feelings: He is very reticent about his past. Most of the students were reticent about answering questions.Not saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasiveShy and modestAnxious and worried
reticence
noun [U] uk   /-səns/ us  
His reticence about his past made them very suspicious.Not saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasiveShy and modestAnxious and worried
reticently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
(Definition of reticent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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