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circumspection

[sur-kuh m-spek-shuh n] /ˌsɜr kəmˈspɛk ʃən/
noun
1.
circumspect observation or action; caution; prudence:
He approached with circumspection.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin circumspectiōn- (stem of circumspectiō), equivalent to circumspect(us) circumspect + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
overcircumspection, noun
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Word Origin and History for circumspection
circumspection
late 14c., "careful observation of one's surroundings," from O.Fr. circumspection (Mod.Fr. circonspection), from L. circumspectionem "looking around," noun of action from circumspicere (see circumspect).
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