Origin of discreet
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historical usage of discreet
Discrete, “apart or detached from others; separate; distinct,” was originally a spelling doublet of discreet, sharing meanings and both deriving from the same Latin source. The spelling discrete is closer in form to Latin discrētus and is probably an attempt to differentiate discreet from discrete.
The Middle English Dictionary has two senses at the headword discrēt(e): the sense “wise, morally discerning, prudent, circumspect” has 29 citations; the sense “separate, distinct” has four (in angelology, astronomy, and mathematics).
It wasn’t until the late 16th century that discrete became restricted to its present meanings, leaving the spelling discreet to predominate in its own current uses.
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How to use discreet in a sentence
Then another thing is caution—discreetness; not saying anything censorious or critical of other men, no matter what they do.April Hopes|William Dean Howells
They were fine and edifying in parts, but lacked the discreetness and holding back I always find in Mr. Plutarch.Poppea of the Post-Office|Mabel Osgood Wright
You have not taken the discreetness I have shown into consideration, although you were interested in remaining silent.Ten Years Later|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
You may depend upon me to be discreetness itself, at least until after Dick has been safely shipped.The Snare|Rafael Sabatini
After all, you know, I think that discreetness is just talk.Moral|Ludwig Thoma