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Monday, November 07, 2016

Definitions for circumspect

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

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Citations for circumspect
… proper arrangements in the distribution of the Supplies, and a careful eye to the use of them, is of great importance, and calls for a circumspect choice. , George Washington to the Secretary of War, July 4, 1798, The Writings of George Washington, Volume 36, 1941
"You certainly are businesslike. That's good," he commented ruefully. "I would not have reported the, shall we say, subject, if I had not anticipated an efficient and circumspect response. This is a most important matter." Piers Anthony, Chaining the Lady, 1978
Origin of circumspect
late Middle English
1375-1425
Circumspect comes from Latin circumspectus "wary, guarded, carefully weighed," the past participle of the verb circumspicere "to look around, be cautious, take heed" from circum "around" and specere "to look." It entered English in the early 1400s.