discreet

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discreet

judicious in one’s conduct or speech; careful; circumspect; prudent; modest
Not to be confused with:
discrete – constituting a separate thing; distinct; different; individual; unconnected
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dis·creet

 (dĭ-skrēt′)
adj.
1. Possessed of, exercising, or showing prudence and self-restraint in speech and behavior; circumspect: The teacher was discreet in discussing the student's behavior. We followed him but kept a discreet distance.
2. Made, done, or situated so as to attract little notice: made a discreet exit out the back door; lovers seeking a discreet place to meet.

[Middle English, from Old French discret, from Medieval Latin discrētus, from Latin, past participle of discernere, to separate, discern; see discern.]

dis·creet′ly adv.
dis·creet′ness n.
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discreet

(dɪˈskriːt)
adj
1. careful to avoid social embarrassment or distress, esp by keeping confidences secret; tactful
2. unobtrusive
[C14: from Old French discret, from Medieval Latin discrētus, from Latin discernere to discern]
disˈcreetly adv
disˈcreetness n
Usage: Avoid confusion with discrete
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dis•creet

(dɪˈskrit)

adj.
judicious in one's conduct or speech, esp. with regard to keeping silent about a delicate matter.
[1325–75; Middle English discret < Anglo-French, Old French < Medieval Latin discrētus, Latin: separated, past participle of discernere]
dis•creet′ly, adv.
dis•creet′ness, n.
syn: See careful.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.discreet - marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint; "his trusted discreet aide"; "a discreet, finely wrought gold necklace"
indiscreet - lacking discretion; injudicious; "her behavior was indiscreet at the very best"
2.discreet - unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic; "a discerning editor"; "a discreet silence"
tactful - having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others; "she was tactful enough not to shatter his illusion"; "a tactful remark eased her embarrassment"
3.discreet - heedful of potential consequences; "circumspect actions"; "physicians are now more circumspect about recommending its use"; "a discreet investor"
prudent - careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment; "a prudent manager"; "prudent rulers"; "prudent hesitation"; "more prudent to hide than to fight"
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discreet

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discreet

adjective
1. Showing sensitivity and skill in dealing with others:
2. Kept within sensible limits:
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Translations
حَكيم، رَزين، حَذِر
diskrétnímlčenlivýrozvážný
diskret
hienotunteinenhienovarainenhillittytahdikas
diszkréttapintatostitoktartó
òagmælskur
diskretiškasdiskretiškumasnuožiūrataktiškumas
apdomīgsdiskrētspiesardzīgs
ağzı sıkıölçülütemkinli

discreet

[dɪsˈkriːt] ADJ [person, inquiry, decor, uniform] → discreto
at a discreet distancea una distancia prudencial
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discreet

[dɪˈskriːt] adj
(= diplomatic) [person] → discret/ète; [remark] → discret/ète
She's making a few discreet inquiries → Elle enquête discrètement.
to be discreet about sth → être discret/ète à propos de qch
at a discreet distance → à une distance respectueuse
(= understated) [decor, appearance, place, jewellery] → discret/ète
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discreet

adjdiskret; inquirydiskret, taktvoll; accounttaktvoll; eleganceunaufdringlich; jewellery, tie, dress, decorationdezent; at a discreet distancein einer diskreten Entfernung; to maintain a discreet presenceeine unauffällige Präsenz aufrechterhalten; to keep or maintain a discreet silencediskret schweigen; to be discreet about somethingetw diskret behandeln
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discreet

[dɪsˈkriːt] adjdiscreto/a
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discreet

(diˈskriːt) adjective
wise, cautious and not saying anything which might cause trouble. My secretary won't let the secret out – she's very discreet.
diˈscreetness noun
diˈscretion (-ˈskre-) noun
1. discreetness. A secretary needs discretion and tact.
2. personal judgement. I leave the arrangements entirely to your discretion; The money will be distributed at the discretion of the management.
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discreet

a. discreto-a, prudente.
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Just at present it comes hard to poor James; but that will not last forever; and I dare say he will be a discreeter man all his life, for the foolishness of his first choice."
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