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