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reticence

ret·i·cence

reticence

 
 
pronunciation:
re tih sns
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part of speech: noun
definition: the state or quality of being hesitant to speak out; reserve.
With his usual reticence, he said little by way of answer to her question.
synonyms:
diffidence
similar words:
bashfulness, demureness, reserve, self-consciousness, shyness, taciturnity, timidity, timorousness
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derivation: reticency (n.)