View synonyms for discreetly


[ dih-skreet-lee ]


  1. in a way that is careful about something of a personal or delicate nature; circumspectly:

    These protocols allow patients to have private conversations with caregivers in which their questions can be answered discreetly.

  2. in a way that is not conspicuous or obvious; unobtrusively:

    The building is historic, as explained on the understated bronze plaque displayed discreetly in the entryway.

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  • o·ver·dis·creet·ly adverb
  • qua·si-dis·creet·ly adverb

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Example Sentences

The best heated vests use lightweight wiring and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to discreetly warm your core while appearing to look like a typical, stylish outdoor vest.

Eventually, a love affair brews between two parties who shall remain unnamed, and there is a brief, discreetly shot outdoor assignation.

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In the past year, BitGo has aggressively sought to redefine itself as a full-service crypto shop that offers other tax and lending services, as well as a means for clients to discreetly arrange large trades.

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That’s why I felt so bad when I scrolled discreetly through social media the other day — My Lovely Wife snoozing beside me — and a video started to autoplay.

Beachgoers seeking discreet foliage gravitated to Prunus maritima var.

The traffic agent was kind enough to direct Sarah discreetly to a closed-off street running behind the arena.

Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, many old Nazis managed discreetly to trickle back to what they regarded as the Fatherland.

The novel also has a second gay character, in the form many are familiar with—the wise, kind, but discreetly gay uncle.

Still, Samore added that on two occasions the Russians had discreetly warned Assad about using the weapons.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Kerry labors discreetly and stubbornly, this week displaying nerves of steel.

She sat in a distant corner of the formal room discreetly lit by a shaded lamp.

At Grosbeeren and Dennewitz, where his divisional officers fought and won, the Prince kept discreetly in the rear.

Mr. Hancock, discreetly holding his peace, attended to his many thriving and very profitable business ventures.

Jessie crept away and hid herself discreetly behind one of the big palms in the hall.

Wong had been doing some work on the fence, but had discreetly vanished when Lowell came in sight.