Etymology
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secretive (adj.)

"inclined to secrecy, tending to keep secret," 1815 (implied in secretiveness, which originally was a word in phrenology);  see secret (n.) + -ive. The word also was in Middle English (secretife) with the meaning "secret, hidden" (mid-15c.). Related: Secretively.

updated on March 25, 2022

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Definitions of secretive from WordNet

secretive (adj.)
inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information;
Synonyms: close / closelipped / closemouthed / tightlipped
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