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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.]
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|Adv.||1.||discreetly - with discretion; prudently and with wise self-restraint; "I sent for the sergeant of the platoon both men were in and asked him to try to find out discreetly what lay behind this"|
indiscreetly - without discretion or wisdom or self-restraint; "she inquired indiscreetly after the state of his health"
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(= diplomatically) [say, ask, go] → discrètement
[hidden, placed] → discrètement
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