Definition of circumspect in English:

circumspect

adjective

  • Wary and unwilling to take risks.

    ‘the officials were very circumspect in their statements’
    • ‘I may have to review that, and become much more circumspect.’
    • ‘So you'd think people might be a little bit more circumspect, especially on that stretch of footpath.’
    • ‘With a trial looming, both media and defendants are usually circumspect about what they say for fear of prejudicing the outcome.’
    • ‘On theology they enjoy precedence over politicians; on politics they should be circumspect.’
    • ‘The difference between us is that you write like a bombastic lecturer and not like a prudent and circumspect lawyer.’
    • ‘Its response: people should trust the police not to prosecute and the government to be circumspect.’
    • ‘They may be more circumspect about public encouragement these days but they continue to sponsor and facilitate his freelance crusade.’
    • ‘Teenagers led pretty circumspect lives in those days, with far less freedom than their counterparts today.’
    • ‘People are more circumspect about claiming that new technologies will revolutionize the world.’
    • ‘I would expect that, when an activity is under threat, some attempt would be made by its supporters to be considerate and circumspect.’
    • ‘He spoke earlier this morning and he was very circumspect about the capabilities of Mother Nature.’
    • ‘We've yet to pick our candidate, so I've got to be circumspect, but we certainly need a charismatic candidate.’
    • ‘Investor are now much more circumspect and vigilant, lest more wool is pulled over their eyes by yet another old goat.’
    • ‘It would be absurd to compare that Mediterranean passion for music with our own more circumspect attachment to the arts.’
    • ‘Alcohol and anger do not create new beliefs; they loosen the tongue on issues the person is normally more circumspect about.’
    • ‘It is our duty to an injured ally to offer a circumspect response.’
    • ‘He may have taken this risk consciously; we might wish to be more circumspect.’
    • ‘While he proclaims himself content with Perth's relaxed way of life, he's circumspect when asked about his career intentions.’
    • ‘They were circumspect, typically observing the dog from a distance.’
    • ‘Regular contributors are more news-sensitive and circumspect.’
    cautious, wary, careful, chary, guarded, on one's guard
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

circumspect

/ˈsəːkəmspɛkt/