greeted them with uncharacteristic reticence


Does "greeted them with uncharacteristic reticence" mean "greeted them with unusual silence"?

Thanks in advance

Some critics have dismissed these claims outright. Others have greeted them with uncharacteristic reticence. One major stumbling point for many is that the age of the bones is unknown. They could be more than four million years old or less than 100,000 years old. <-----Excess quote removed by moderator (Florentia52)----->

-Scientific American
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  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    They have been reticent, that means slow to act, not necessarily silent, but maybe so in this case. The reticence is ususual, suggesting that people are usually in more of a rush to accept claims of this type.