Definition of circumspect in English:


Syllabification: cir·cum·spect
Pronunciation: /ˈsərkəmˌspekt


Wary and unwilling to take risks: the officials were very circumspect in their statements
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  • The difference between us is that you write like a bombastic lecturer and not like a prudent and circumspect lawyer.
  • On theology they enjoy precedence over politicians; on politics they should be circumspect.
  • They were circumspect, typically observing the dog from a distance.
informal cagey, playing one's cards close to one's chest


late Middle English: from Latin circumspectus, from circumspicere 'look around', from circum 'around, about' + specere 'look'.



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  • If you are observant you can get little glimpses into their lives by watching and listening circumspectly.
  • He began circumspectly, prodding tentatively at the few balls he faced.
  • Let me put it as circumspectly as I can - the government is culpable, and not just for incompetence.

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