Retention vs Reticence - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between retention and reticence
is that retention
is retention while reticence
The act of retaining or something retained
* 1599 , , II. iv. 95:
The act or power of remembering things
A memory; what is retained in the mind
(medicine) The involuntary withholding of urine and faeces
(obsolete) That which contains something, as a tablet; a means of preserving impressions.
- No woman's heart / So big, to hold so much; they lack retention .
(obsolete) The act of withholding; restraint; reserve.
* 1599 , , V. i. 79:
(obsolete) A place of custody or confinement.
(legal) The right to withhold a debt, or of retaining property until a debt due to the person claiming the right is duly paid; a lien.
- His life I gave him, and did thereto add / My love without retention or restraint,
tight-lippedness, discretion, avoidance of saying too much
a silent and reserved nature
* 1890 , Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray :
*:Basil's absurd fits of jealousy, his wild devotion, his extravagant panegyrics, his curious reticences , — he understood them all now, and he felt sorry.
* 1897 , Bram Stoker, Dracula :
*: You must not be angry with him, Art, because his very reticence means that all his brains are working for her good.(attention)
* reserve, secrecy, taciturnity
* bashfulness, demureness, diffidence, quietness, reservation, shyness, timidity
* openness, talkativeness
* loquaciousness, ostentation