circumspection

[ sur-kuhm-spek-shuhn ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈspɛk ʃən /

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM circumspection

o·ver·cir·cum·spec·tion, noun
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