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[sur-kuh m-spek-shuh n]
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  1. circumspect observation or action; caution; prudence: He approached with circumspection.
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Origin of circumspection

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin circumspectiōn- (stem of circumspectiō), equivalent to circumspect(us) circumspect + -iōn- -ion
Related formso·ver·cir·cum·spec·tion, noun
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Related Words for circumspection

foresightedness, prudence, forethought, foresight, discretion, carefulness, vigilance, watchfulness, precaution, cautiousness

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Word Origin and History for circumspection


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).

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