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[sur-kuh m-spek-tiv]
  1. given to or marked by circumspection; watchful; cautious: His behavior was circumspective.
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Origin of circumspective

First recorded in 1625–35; circumspect + -ive
Related formscir·cum·spec·tive·ly, adverbun·cir·cum·spec·tive, adjective
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  • We have studied them somewhat in the circumspective way, and will devote a few pages to our theory about them.

    History of American Socialisms

    John Humphrey Noyes