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
On the sensitive issue of capital requirements, though, Ms. Yellen was more circumspect.
Authorities were circumspect about what broke the case open.
Even optimistic analysts are somewhat circumspect, expecting more modest gains than the roughly 14% that the market has delivered annually the last five years, on average.
Still, the designer remains circumspect about his success.
Only in comparison with their younger selves and their parents in the go-go ’90s do present-day Tribe fans look older and wiser, levelheaded and circumspect.
State Department officials have been more circumspect, saying Cuba has not met its requirement under the Vienna Convention to protect diplomats.
His friend, Durunta Floyd, 18, also said a sagger must be circumspect.
Longtime le Carré readers will recognize Peter as the cool, circumspect British secret agent who was the sidekick and sounding board for George Smiley, the stout, owlish and implacably brilliant spymaster.
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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
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