circumspect


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cir·cum·spect

 (sûr′kəm-spĕkt′)
adj.
Heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent.

[Middle English, from Latin circumspectus, past participle of circumspicere, to take heed : circum-, circum- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

cir′cum·spec′tion (-spĕk′shən) n.
cir′cum·spect′ly adv.
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circumspect

(ˈsɜːkəmˌspɛkt)
adj
cautious, prudent, or discreet
[C15: from Latin circumspectus, from circum- + specere to look]
ˌcircumˈspection n
ˌcircumˈspective adj
ˈcircumˌspectly adv
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cir•cum•spect

(ˈsɜr kəmˌspɛkt)

adj.
watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent: circumspect behavior.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin circumspectus, past participle of circumspicere to look around =circum- circum- + -spicere, comb. form of specere to observe]
cir′cum•spect`ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.circumspect - heedful of potential consequences; "circumspect actions"; "physicians are now more circumspect about recommending its use"; "a discreet investor"
prudent - careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment; "a prudent manager"; "prudent rulers"; "prudent hesitation"; "more prudent to hide than to fight"
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circumspect

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circumspect

adjective
Trying attentively to avoid danger, risk, or error:
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Translations

circumspect

[ˈsɜːkəmspekt] ADJcircunspecto, prudente
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circumspect

[ˈsɜːrkəm!spɛkt] adj (= cautious) → circonspect(e)
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circumspect

adjumsichtig
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circumspect

[ˈsɜːkəmˌspɛkt] adjcircospetto/a
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References in classic literature ?
Certainly, the best mean, to clear the way in this same wood of suspicions, is frankly to communicate them with the party, that he suspects; for thereby he shall be sure to know more of the truth of them, than he did before; and withal shall make that party more circumspect, not to give further cause of suspicion.
But a man is not often found sufficiently circumspect to know how to accommodate himself to the change, both because he cannot deviate from what nature inclines him to do, and also because, having always prospered by acting in one way, he cannot be persuaded that it is well to leave it; and, therefore, the cautious man, when it is time to turn adventurous, does not know how to do it, hence he is ruined; but had he changed his conduct with the times fortune would not have changed.
We decided that that was the saloon for us, and we agreed to be more circumspect thereafter in our drink-buying.
In yon great, muckle house, with all these domestics, upper and under, show yourself as nice, as circumspect, as quick at the conception, and as slow of speech as any.
We must not expect a lively young man to be always so guarded and circumspect. It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us.
Take care, however, you don't betray either of us to Zoraide--to my daughter, I mean; she is so discreet and circumspect herself, she cannot understand that one should find a pleasure in gossiping a little--"
However that may be, the good lady must have stepped with a circumspect foot over the threshold of this building.
After that the generals began to disperse with the solemnity and circumspect silence of people who are leaving, after a funeral.
Very circumspect and very alert, he moved here and there about the open space, peering through the vistas among the trees and trying to catch a glimpse of the hunting animal that all suspected had pursued me.
To say the truth, I doubted not from his many strong expressions of friendship, but that he would offer to lend me a small sum for that purpose, but he answered, `Never mind that, man; e'en boldly run a levant' [Partridge was going to inquire the meaning of that word, but Jones stopped his mouth]: `but be circumspect as to the man.
"Ah, a voice!" repeated Oblonsky, feeling that he must be as circumspect as he possibly could in this society, where something peculiar was going on, or was to go on, to which he had not the key.
During the short and frugal repast that followed, the conversation was extremely circumspect, and related entirely to the events of the hunt, in which Magua had so lately been engaged.