What does the word reticence mean?

Usage examples for reticence

  1. He tended him carefully, and respected the reticence Jeff guarded concerning the whole matter, even with the young doctor whom his friend called, and who kept to himself his impressions of the nature of Jeff's injuries. – The Landlord at Lion's Head, Complete by William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009
  2. Be that as it may, when the doors of the chapel once closed behind the master, we hear nothing whatsoever about his doings till they opened again on Christmas Day in 1541. The reticence of Michelangelo regarding his own works is one of the most trying things about him. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  3. As he proceeded I understood how strong, and how natural, had been his desire for reticence. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh