circumspect [ sur-k uh m-spekt] Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for circumspect on Thesaurus.com watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent: circumspect behavior. well-considered: circumspect ambition. Origin of circumspect 1375–1425; late Middle English
(past participle of
to look around), equivalent to
) to look +
past participle suffix
Related forms cir·cum·spect·ly, adverb cir·cum·spect·ness, noun non·cir·cum·spect, adjective non·cir·cum·spect·ly, adverb non·cir·cum·spect·ness, noun o·ver·cir·cum·spect, adjective un·cir·cum·spect, adjective un·cir·cum·spect·ly, adverb un·cir·cum·spect·ness, noun Antonyms 1. careless, indiscreet.
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Examples from the Web for uncircumspect Historical Examples Claire watched her, thinking how clever she was and yet how uncircumspect. Neither did she disgust by arrogant negligence, and uncircumspect loquacity. British Dictionary definitions for uncircumspect cautious, prudent, or discreet Derived Forms circumspection, noun circumspective, adjective circumspectly, adverb Word Origin
C15: from Latin
circumspectus, from circum- + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for uncircumspect 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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