circumspectly

circumspect

[sur-kuhm-spekt]
adjective
1.
watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent: circumspect behavior.
2.
well-considered: circumspect ambition.

Origin:
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

circumspectly, adverb
circumspectness, noun
noncircumspect, adjective
noncircumspectly, adverb
noncircumspectness, noun
overcircumspect, adjective
uncircumspect, adjective
uncircumspectly, adverb
uncircumspectness, noun


1. careful, vigilant, guarded.


1. careless, indiscreet.
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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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circumspect
early 15c. (circumspection is attested from late 14c.), from L. circumspectus, pp. of circumspicere "look around, take heed," from circum- "around" + specere "to look" (see scope (1)).
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