- watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent: circumspect behavior.
- well-considered: circumspect ambition.
Origin of circumspect
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
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1. careful, vigilant, guarded.
1. careless, indiscreet.
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Examples from the Web for circumspectly
"If The Dutchan wins you get the money," replied the Trainer, circumspectly.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Akh, Sergyi Petrvitch, when I think of it, how circumspectly we women must behave!A Nobleman's Nest
Thus with seamen: he who goes the oftenest round Cape Horn goes the most circumspectly.Sea Stories
He started off circumspectly and noiselessly, listening and peering at every step.The War in the Air
Herbert George Wells
Then he turned on his light, circumspectly, directing its rays to the ground at his feet.The Best Psychic Stories
- cautious, prudent, or discreet
C15: from Latin circumspectus, from circum- + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for circumspectly
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