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I understand there are words like Taciturn that have same meaning but can be used to compliment someone. Taciturn seems to have negative connotation.

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Reserved

1: restrained in words and actions

Thoughtful

1a: absorbed in thought : MEDITATIVE

Pensive

1: musingly or dreamily thoughtful

Quiet

1a: marked by little or no motion or activity : CALM

Introverted

: having or suggesting the characteristics of an introvert especially : possessing a reserved or shy nature typically with an inclination to solitude

(Introvert still has some negative connotation but it has been shifting in a more positive direction as we understand the benefits and strengths of an introvert.)

These are all words I use as a teacher to describe my quieter students in a positive and respectful way.

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