circumspection

circumspection

[sur-kuhm-spek-shuhn]
noun
circumspect observation or action; caution; prudence: He approached with circumspection.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin circumspectiōn- (stem of circumspectiō), equivalent to circumspect(us) circumspect + -iōn- -ion

overcircumspection, noun
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circumspect (ˈsɜːkəmˌspɛkt)
 
adj
cautious, prudent, or discreet
 
[C15: from Latin circumspectus, from circum- + specere to look]
 
circum'spection
 
n
 
circum'spective
 
adj
 
'circumspectly
 
adv

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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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