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Definition of secretive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

secretive

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈsiːkrətɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːkrətɪv//
 
 
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secretive (about something) tending or liking to hide your thoughts, feelings, actions, etc. from other people He's very secretive about his work. The child became secretive and withdrawn. his highly secretive nature Word Origin mid 19th cent.: back-formation from secretiveness, suggested by French secrétivité, from secret ‘secret’.
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