Etymology
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reclusive (adj.)

1590s, of things, places, etc., "affording retirement from society," from recluse (q.v.) + -ive. By 20c. it was used predominantly of persons, "tending to live a retired life and mix little in society." Related: Reclusively; reclusiveness. Recluse alone formerly served also as an adjective in English (early 13c.).

updated on May 20, 2021

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Definitions of reclusive from WordNet

reclusive (adj.)
withdrawn from society; seeking solitude;
lived an unsocial reclusive life
Synonyms: recluse / withdrawn
reclusive (adj.)
providing privacy or seclusion;
sitting under the reclusive calm of a shade tree
Synonyms: cloistered / secluded / sequestered
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