Definition of circumspect in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsərkəmˌspekt/


Wary and unwilling to take risks: the officials were very circumspect in their statements
More example sentences
  • 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.
cautious, wary, careful, chary, guarded, on one's guard;
watchful, alert, attentive, heedful, vigilant, leery
informal cagey, playing one's cards close to one's chest



Pronunciation: /ˈsərkəmˌspek(t)lē/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: cir·cum·spect

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