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“… be given and he seemed reticence in this …”

meanings of reticence


  1. Synonym of aposiopesis (“an abrupt breaking-off in speech").
  2. Avoidance of saying or reluctance to say too much; discretion, tight-lippedness; an instance of acting in this manner.
  3. Often followed by to: hesitancy or reluctance (to do something).
  4. Followed by of: discretion or restraint in the use of something.
  5. A silent and reserved nature.


  1. To deliberately not listen or pay attention to; to disregard, to ignore.