circumspection


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cir·cum·spect

 (sûr′kəm-spĕkt′)
adj.
Heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent.

[Middle English, from Latin circumspectus, past participle of circumspicere, to take heed : circum-, circum- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

cir′cum·spec′tion (-spĕk′shən) n.
cir′cum·spect′ly adv.

cir•cum•spec•tion

(ˌsɜr kəmˈspɛk ʃən)

n.
circumspect observation or action.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
cir`cum•spec′tive (-tɪv) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.circumspection - knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; "the servants showed great tact and discretion"
sagaciousness, sagacity, discernment, judgement, judgment - the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
confidentiality - discretion in keeping secret information
2.circumspection - the trait of being circumspect and prudent
precaution - the trait of practicing caution in advance
chariness, wariness - the trait of being cautious and watchful
discernment, discretion - the trait of judging wisely and objectively; "a man of discernment"

circumspection

noun caution, care, discretion, prudence, wariness, keeping your head down, canniness, chariness Handling difficult customers requires tact and circumspection.
Proverbs
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket"

circumspection

noun
The exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters:
Translations

circumspection

[ˌsɜːkəmˈspekʃən] Ncircunspección f, prudencia f

circumspection

[ˌsɜːrkəmˈspɛkʃən] n (= caution) → circonspection f

circumspection

nUmsicht f

circumspection

[ˌsɜːkəmˈspɛkʃn] ncircospezione f
References in classic literature ?
If Jo had not been otherwise engaged, Laurie's behavior would have amused her, for a faint twinge, not of jealousy, but something like suspicion, caused that gentleman to stand aloof at first, and observe the newcomer with brotherly circumspection.
And when reaching out his knife and fork, between which the slice of beef was locked, Ahab thereby motioned Starbuck's plate towards him, the mate received his meat as though receiving alms; and cut it tenderly; and a little started if, perchance, the knife grazed against the plate; and chewed it noiselessly; and swallowed it, not without circumspection.
The little man stood tiptoe, and putting his head first to one side and then the other, and snuffing considerately in the directions of the various bottles, ordered at last a mint julep, in a thin and quivering voice, and with an air of great circumspection.
She alighted with great circumspection, put the bunch of faded flowers in her aunt Miranda's hand, and received her salute; it could hardly be called a kiss without injuring the fair name of that commodity.
Nothing, but that the lessons of her past folly might teach her humility and circumspection in future.
The event has proved, that I was a cunning fool, providing with great circumspection for a possible opportunity of making myself contemptible and wretched for ever.
Here he had need All circumspection, and we now no less Choice in our suffrage; for on whom we send, The weight of all and our last hope relies.
I walked with the utmost circumspection, to avoid treading on any stragglers who might remain in the streets, although the orders were very strict, that all people should keep in their houses, at their own peril.
If Chrysostom's impatience and violent passion killed him, why should my modest behaviour and circumspection be blamed?
But like one walking alone and in the dark, I resolved to proceed so slowly and with such circumspection, that if I did not advance far, I would at least guard against falling.
The abuse of this power of taxation seems to have been provided against with guarded circumspection.
On any scale it is an object of laudable circumspection and precaution.