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 ?
Upon the whole, I commend my own conduct in this affair extremely, and regard it as a very happy instance of circumspection and tenderness.
Prudence and circumspection are necessary even to the best of men.
The angles of a Square (and still more those of an equilateral Triangle), being much more pointed than those of a Pentagon, and the lines of inanimate objects (such as houses) being dimmer than the lines of Men and Women, it follows that there is no little danger lest the points of a square or triangular house residence might do serious injury to an inconsiderate or perhaps absent-minded traveller suddenly therefore, running against them: and as early as the eleventh century of our era, triangular houses were universally forbidden by Law, the only exceptions being fortifications, powder-magazines, barracks, and other state buildings, which it is not desirable that the general public should approach without circumspection.
When with due circumspection Napoleon was informed that Moscow was empty, he looked angrily at his informant, turned away, and silently continued to walk to and fro.
I had to act with the utmost circumspection to save myself from the suspicion of insanity.
If the enemy's troops march up angrily and remain facing ours for a long time without either joining battle or taking themselves off again, the situation is one that demands great vigilance and circumspection.
Monk was well acquainted with mankind, he saw in the physiognomy of this gentleman all the energy, all the reason, all the circumspection possible, he could therefore only attribute to a magnanimous confidence the revelation the Frenchman had made him, and he showed himself profoundly touched by it.
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.
As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust, so there are other qualities in human nature which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence.
As the Crows, however, were reputed to be perfidious in the extreme, and as errant freebooters as the bird after which they were so worthily named; and as their general feelings towards the whites were known to be by no means friendly, the intercourse with them was conducted with great circumspection.
For as the temporal sword is to be drawn with great circumspection in cases of religion; so it is a thing monstrous to put it into the hands of the common people.
They were just emerging from a narrow court not far from the open square in Clerkenwell, which is yet called, by some strange perversion of terms, 'The Green': when the Dodger made a sudden stop; and, laying his finger on his lip, drew his companions back again, with the greatest caution and circumspection.