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fur·tive / ˈfərtiv/ • adj. attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble; secretive: they spent a furtive day together he stole a furtive glance at her. ∎  suggestive of guilty nervousness: the look in his eyes became furtive.DERIVATIVES: fur·tive·ly adv.fur·tive·ness n.