Is there a succinct term or phrase that would describes someone's ability to "keep cards close to their chest", as in, able to subtlety keep things secret.

For context, I'm working on a game where part of it is being able to determine your enemies' strengths and weaknesses (via "perception") and need a term for the attribute which counters perception to keep your strengths and weaknesses concealed.


Discreet fits the bill.



1 Careful and prudent in one's speech or actions, especially in order to keep something confidential or to avoid embarrassment.

If a quality of character is needed, discretion would be the word.



1The quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offence or revealing confidential information.

She knew she could rely on his discretion

  • Ah, "discretion" works quite well. Thanks. – samanime Jul 25 '20 at 3:13


If you describe someone as guarded, you mean that they are careful not to show their feelings or give away information.


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