[ sur-kuh m-spek-tiv ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈspɛk tɪv /


given to or marked by circumspection; watchful; cautious: His behavior was circumspective.

Origin of circumspective

First recorded in 1625–35; circumspect + -ive

Related forms

cir·cum·spec·tive·ly, adverbun·cir·cum·spec·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for circumspective

  • 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