circumspect

[ sur-kuhm-spekt ]
/ ˈsɜr kəmˌspɛkt /

adjective

watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent: circumspect behavior.
well-considered: circumspect ambition.

Nearby words

  1. circumscribed myxedema,
  2. circumscribed scleroderma,
  3. circumscript,
  4. circumscription,
  5. circumsolar,
  6. circumspection,
  7. circumspective,
  8. circumstance,
  9. circumstanced,
  10. circumstances

Origin of circumspect

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin circumspectus (past participle of circumspicere to look around), equivalent to circum- circum- + spec(ere) to look + -tus past participle suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for circumspectly

circumspect

/ (ˈsɜːkəmˌspɛkt) /

adjective

cautious, prudent, or discreet
Derived Formscircumspection, nouncircumspective, adjectivecircumspectly, adverb

Word Origin for circumspect

C15: from Latin circumspectus, from circum- + specere to look

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Word Origin and History for circumspectly

circumspect

adj.

early 15c., from Latin circumspectus "deliberate, guarded, well-considered," past participle of circumspicere "look around, take heed," from circum- "around" (see circum-) + specere "to look" (see scope (n.1)). Related: Circumspectly; circumspectness.

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