- circumspect observation or action; caution; prudence: He approached with circumspection.
Origin of circumspection
Examples from the Web for circumspection
"You communicated with him by circumspection," says Judith Bruce, a Radcliffe student who dated him for two years.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
The Supreme Court exists to interpret with a greater degree of circumspection the laws the legislature passes.Readers Support Greater Supreme Court Transparency
March 28, 2012
Wilson carried his circumspection further during and after the war.Obama's Wilsonian Moment
John Milton Cooper, Jr.
December 9, 2009
They were excited by the modesty, the circumspection, and the virtue of Imogen.Imogen
I tell you that you are slaying the commonweal by your slowness and circumspection.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
Hitherto she had received them with a circumspection compelling respect.Scaramouche
It occurred to him that the situation required a good deal of circumspection on his part.A Set of Six
The king answers—'Trust, in every thing, to my circumspection.
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).