circumspect

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adjective cir·cum·spect \ˈsər-kəm-ˌspekt\

Definition of circumspect

  1. :  careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences :  prudent diplomacy required a circumspect response They are circumspect in all their business dealings.

circumspection

play \ˌsər-kəm-ˈspek-shən\ noun

circumspectly

play \ˈsər-kəm-ˌspek(t)-lē\ adverb

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Examples of circumspect in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of circumspect

Middle English, from Medieval French or Latin; Medieval French circonspect, from Latin circumspectus, from past participle of circumspicere to look around, be cautious, from circum- + specere to look — more at spy

Synonym Discussion of circumspect

cautious, circumspect, wary, chary mean prudently watchful and discreet in the face of danger or risk. cautious implies the exercise of forethought usually prompted by fear of danger. a cautious driver circumspect suggests less fear and stresses the surveying of all possible consequences before acting or deciding. circumspect in his business dealings wary emphasizes suspiciousness and alertness in watching for danger and cunning in escaping it. keeps a wary eye on the competition chary implies a cautious reluctance to give, act, or speak freely. chary of signing papers without having read them first

CIRCUMSPECT Defined for English Language Learners

circumspect

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Definition of circumspect for English Language Learners

  • : thinking carefully about possible risks before doing or saying something



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