/tas'i terr"ni tee/, n.
1. the state or quality of being reserved or reticent in conversation.
2. Scots Law. the relinquishing of a legal right through an unduly long delay, as by the silence of the creditor.
[1400-50; late ME < L taciturnitas, equiv. to taciturn(us) TACITURN + -itas -ITY]

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