judicious in one's conduct or speech, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature; prudent; circumspect.
showing prudence and circumspection; decorous: a discreet silence.
modestly unobtrusive; unostentatious: a discreet, finely wrought gold necklace.

1325–75; Middle English discret < Anglo-French, Old French < Medieval Latin discrētus, Latin: separated (past participle of discernere; see discern), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + crē- separate, distinguish (variant stem of cernere) + -tus past participle suffix

discreetly, adverb
discreetness, noun
overdiscreet, adjective
overdiscreetly, adverb
overdiscreetness, noun
quasi-discreet, adjective
quasi-discreetly, adverb

discreet, discrete.

1. See careful.

1. indiscreet.
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discreet (dɪˈskriːt)
1.  careful to avoid social embarrassment or distress, esp by keeping confidences secret; tactful
2.  unobtrusive
[C14: from Old French discret, from Medieval Latin discrētus, from Latin discernere to discern]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. discret, from L. discretus "separated, distinct," in M.L. "discerning, careful," from pp. of discernere "distinguish" (see discern). Spellings discrete and nativized discreet co-existed until after c.1600, when discreet became the common word for "careful,
prudent," and discrete was maintained in philosophy, medicine, music and other disciplines that remembered L. and tried to stick close to it. Related: Discreetly.
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Example sentences
He was discreetly generous to both organized charities and his friends, while
  mentoring a large number of colleagues.
Generally bring a set of prayer beads which can be discreetly palmed.
Kids are an exception and can discreetly drink and eat as usual.
Installed hearing loops would enable people to use their own devices discreetly.
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