circumspect


cir·cum·spect

adjective \ˈsər-kəm-ˌspekt\

: thinking carefully about possible risks before doing or saying something

Full Definition of CIRCUMSPECT

:  careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences :  prudent <diplomacy required a circumspect response>
cir·cum·spec·tion \ˌsər-kəm-ˈspek-shən\ noun
cir·cum·spect·ly \ˈsər-kəm-ˌspek(t)-lē\ adverb

Examples of CIRCUMSPECT

  1. <she has a reputation for being quiet and circumspect in investigating charges of child abuse>

Origin of CIRCUMSPECT

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French circonspect, from Latin circumspectus, from past participle of circumspicere to look around, be cautious, from circum- + specere to look — more at spy
First Known Use: 15th century

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