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secretive definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information; "although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it" [syn: close, closelipped, closemouthed, secretive, tightlipped]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: back-formation from secretiveness, part translation of French secrétivité Date: 1835 disposed to secrecy ; not open or outgoing in speech, activity, or purposes Synonyms: see silentsecretively adverbsecretiveness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. inclined to make or keep secrets; uncommunicative. Derivatives: secretively adv. secretiveness n. Etymology: back-form. f. secretiveness after F secrétivité (as SECRET)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Secretive Se*cret"ive, a. Tending to secrete, or to keep secret or private; as, a secretive disposition.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you are secretive, you like to have secrets and to keep your knowledge, feelings, or intentions hidden. Billionaires are usually fairly secretive about the exact amount that they're worth. ADJ: oft ADJ about nsecretively ...a banknote handed over secretively in the entrance to a building. ADV: ADV after vsecretiveness He was evasive, to the point of secretiveness.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Reserved, reticent, close, uncommunicative, cautious, wary, taciturn.

Moby Thesaurus

close, closemouthed, dark, discreet, disinclined to communicate, evasive, excretory, lachrymal, lachrymose, lacrimatory, lactational, lacteal, lacteous, meaningless, mum, reserved, reticent, rheumy, salivant, salivary, salivous, secret, secretional, secretory, seminal, serous, shifty, sialagogic, silent, spermatic, taciturn, tight-lipped, uncommunicative, unconversable, unsociable, watering, watery



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