Reticence vs Tacit - What's the difference?

reticence | tacit |

As a noun reticence

is reticence.

As an adjective tacit is

expressed in silence; implied, but not made explicit; silent.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • tight-lippedness, discretion, avoidance of saying too much
  • a silent and reserved nature
  • Quotations

    * 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




    (en adjective)
  • Expressed in silence; implied, but not made explicit; silent.
  • tacit consent : consent by silence, or by not raising an objection
  • * 1983 , Stanley Rosen, Plato’s'' Sophist: The Drama of Original & Image , page 62:
  • He does this by way of a tacit reference to Homer.
  • * 2004 , Developing Democracy in Europe: An Analytical Summary (Lawrence Pratchett, ?Vivien Lowndes; ISBN 9287155798):
  • (logic) Not derived from formal principles of reasoning; based on induction rather than deduction.
  • Derived terms

    * tacitly * tacitness