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circumspect

[sur-kuh m-spekt]
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adjective
  1. watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent: circumspect behavior.
  2. well-considered: circumspect ambition.
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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
Related formscir·cum·spect·ly, adverbcir·cum·spect·ness, nounnon·cir·cum·spect, adjectivenon·cir·cum·spect·ly, adverbnon·cir·cum·spect·ness, nouno·ver·cir·cum·spect, adjectiveun·cir·cum·spect, adjectiveun·cir·cum·spect·ly, adverbun·cir·cum·spect·ness, noun

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1. careful, vigilant, guarded.

Antonyms

1. careless, indiscreet.
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Examples from the Web for uncircumspect

Historical Examples

  • Claire watched her, thinking how clever she was and yet how uncircumspect.

    An Ambitious Woman

    Edgar Fawcett

  • Neither did she disgust by arrogant negligence, and uncircumspect loquacity.

    Ormond, Volume II (of 3)

    Charles Brockden Brown


British Dictionary definitions for uncircumspect

circumspect

adjective
  1. cautious, prudent, or discreet
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Derived Formscircumspection, nouncircumspective, adjectivecircumspectly, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin circumspectus, from circum- + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for uncircumspect

circumspect

adj.

early 15c., from Latin circumspectus "deliberate, guarded, well-considered," past participle of circumspicere "look around, take heed," from circum- "around" (see circum-) + specere "to look" (see scope (n.1)). Related: Circumspectly; circumspectness.

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