[ sur-kuhm-spek-tiv ]

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

Origin of circumspective

First recorded in 1625–35; circumspect + -ive

Other words from circumspective

  • cir·cum·spec·tive·ly, adverb
  • un·cir·cum·spec·tive, adjective

Words Nearby circumspective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use circumspective in a sentence

  • We have studied them somewhat in the circumspective way, and will devote a few pages to our theory about them.

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