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clandestine (adj) secret or hidden.

Anything kept secret or hidden is clandestine. If a secret or a banned organization holds secret meetings, they are clandestine meetings. A man and a woman having a secret affair or relationship is a clandestine affair or relationship. Lovers in societies which are conservative have to have clandestine meetings, that is, they can meet only secretly. Goods smuggled into a country from another country are clandestine goods.

  • It is becoming more and more difficult for governments to check the clandestine trade in drugs, as the drug peddlers are too smart for the anti-narcotics squads to nab them.
  • The clandestine meeting of the terrorist organization came to the knowledge of the security forces by a chance interception of a coded message and that helped them to flush the terrorists out of their hideouts.
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