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I'm looking for a word:

I discussed certain confidential matters with my client. She relied on my __ in not speaking of them.

There's a word specifically for this situation, better than "restraint" and essentially opposite to "openness".

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Discretion is probably what you are looking for here (meaning 2, or meaning 1 here).

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You could use discretion here:

discretion

: the quality of having or showing discernment or good judgment : the quality of being discreet

  • She relied on my confidence in not speaking of them.
  • She relied on my discretion in not speaking of them.
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Confidence is wrong here: it's the client who has confidence (in the speaker's discretion). –  ruakh Jul 3 '12 at 22:02
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ruakh is correct. She told you in confidence, trusting your discretion. –  Dean Jul 4 '12 at 7:17
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