circumspect

[sur-kuhm-spekt]
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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
Related formscir·cum·spect·ly, adverbcir·cum·spect·ness, nounnon·cir·cum·spect, adjectivenon·cir·cum·spect·ly, adverbnon·cir·cum·spect·ness, nouno·ver·cir·cum·spect, adjectiveun·cir·cum·spect, adjectiveun·cir·cum·spect·ly, adverbun·cir·cum·spect·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for uncircumspect

Historical Examples of uncircumspect

  • Claire watched her, thinking how clever she was and yet how uncircumspect.

    An Ambitious Woman

    Edgar Fawcett

  • Neither did she disgust by arrogant negligence, and uncircumspect loquacity.

    Ormond, Volume II (of 3)

    Charles Brockden Brown


British Dictionary definitions for uncircumspect

circumspect

adjective
  1. 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 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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