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circumspect

[sur-kuh m-spekt] /ˈsɜr kəmˌspɛkt/
adjective
1.
watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent:
circumspect behavior.
2.
well-considered:
circumspect ambition.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin circumspectus (past participle of circumspicere to look around), equivalent to circum- circum- + spec(ere) to look + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
circumspectly, adverb
circumspectness, noun
noncircumspect, adjective
noncircumspectly, adverb
noncircumspectness, noun
overcircumspect, adjective
uncircumspect, adjective
uncircumspectly, adverb
uncircumspectness, noun
Synonyms
1. careful, vigilant, guarded.
Antonyms
1. careless, indiscreet.
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British Dictionary definitions for circumspect

circumspect

/ˈsɜːkəmˌspɛkt/
adjective
1.
cautious, prudent, or discreet
Derived Forms
circumspection, noun
circumspective, adjective
circumspectly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin circumspectus, from circum- + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for circumspect
adj.

early 15c., from Latin circumspectus "deliberate, guarded, well-considered," past participle of circumspicere "look around, take heed," from circum- "around" (see circum-) + specere "to look" (see scope (n.1)). Related: Circumspectly; circumspectness.

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