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circumspect

[ sur-kuhm-spekt ]
/ ˈsɜr kəmˌspɛkt /
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adjective
watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent: circumspect behavior.
well-considered: circumspect ambition.
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Origin of circumspect

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin circumspectus (past participle of circumspicere “to look around”), equivalent to circum- “around, about” (see circum-) + spec(ere) “to look” + -tus past participle suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for circumspect

circumspect
/ (ˈsɜːkəmˌspɛkt) /

adjective
cautious, prudent, or discreet

Derived forms of circumspect

circumspection, nouncircumspective, adjectivecircumspectly, adverb

Word Origin for circumspect

C15: from Latin circumspectus, from circum- + specere to look
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