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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 of circumspection
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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  • They were excited by the modesty, the circumspection, and the virtue of Imogen.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • I tell you that you are slaying the commonweal by your slowness and circumspection.

  • Hitherto she had received them with a circumspection compelling respect.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • It occurred to him that the situation required a good deal of circumspection on his part.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • The king answers—'Trust, in every thing, to my circumspection.

  • It did not need for Ossaroo to caution his companions to circumspection.

    The Cliff Climbers Captain Mayne Reid
  • But this is as much a matter of circumspection and caution at least as of eagerness and pursuit.

    Seven Discourses on Art Joshua Reynolds
Word Origin and History for circumspection
n.

late 14c., "careful observation of one's surroundings," from Old French circumspection (Modern French circonspection), from Latin circumspectionem (nominative circumspectio) "a looking around; foresight, caution," noun of action from past participle stem of circumspicere "to look around" (see circumspect).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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