circumspect was our Word of the Day on 11/14/2008. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of circumspect in a Sentence
she has a reputation for being quiet and circumspect in investigating charges of child abuse
Recent Examples of circumspect from the Web
A circumspect evaluation of human frailty and partisanship should be a stark warning to those would entrust government with that authority.
Your boyfriend seems to have been honest, though circumspect.
Energy analysts, however, have been more circumspect about the effect on global markets and prices at the pump.
Some sources were circumspect about Wisconsin's chances, noting other states were also pushing to land Foxconn.
The Saudis picked a diplomatic row with Qatar, citing their Gulf neighbor’s cordial ties with Iran -- and got vocal support from Trump, even though others in his administration have been more circumspect.
Nina Turner, the former Ohio state senator now being pushed by progressive groups there to run for governor next year, was less circumspect.
While the Trump administration seeks a 15% corporate tax rate and House Republicans call for a 20% tax rate, down from the current 35%, Mr. Hatch remained circumspect.
Other senior Kurdish officials, though, have in the past been more circumspect, arguing that the primary aim of a vote would be to ensure greater self-determination rather than outright independence.
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Origin and Etymology of circumspect
Synonymsalert, cautious, chary, careful, conservative, considerate, gingerly, guarded, heedful, safe, wary
Antonymscareless, heedless, incautious, unguarded, unmindful, unsafe, unwary
Related Wordsadvertent, attentive, awake, observant, regardful, vigilant, watchful; hypercautious; foresighted, foresightful, forethoughtful, provident, thoughtful; cagey (also cagy), calculating, canny, shrewd; deliberate, slow; ultracareful, ultracautious
Near Antonymsbold, brash, impetuous, rash, reckless, venturesome; asleep, inattentive, regardless; inconsiderate, thoughtless; lax, neglectful, negligent, remiss; imprudent, indiscreet, injudicious; absentminded, forgetful; inadvertent, unintentional, unplanned
Synonym Discussion of circumspect
- a cautious driver
- circumspect in his business dealings
- keeps a wary eye on the competition
- chary of signing papers without having read them first
CIRCUMSPECT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of circumspect for English Language Learners
: thinking carefully about possible risks before doing or saying something
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