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Wary and unwilling to take risks.‘the officials were very circumspect in their statements’
cautious, wary, careful, chary, guarded, on one's guarddiscreetwatchful, alert, attentive, heedful, vigilant, observantprudent, judicious, canny, politicsoftly-softly, cagey, leery, playing one's cards close to one's chestView synonyms
- ‘Teenagers led pretty circumspect lives in those days, with far less freedom than their counterparts today.’
- ‘The difference between us is that you write like a bombastic lecturer and not like a prudent and circumspect lawyer.’
- ‘People are more circumspect about claiming that new technologies will revolutionize the world.’
- ‘He spoke earlier this morning and he was very circumspect about the capabilities of Mother Nature.’
- ‘It would be absurd to compare that Mediterranean passion for music with our own more circumspect attachment to the arts.’
- ‘Its response: people should trust the police not to prosecute and the government to be circumspect.’
- ‘Regular contributors are more news-sensitive and circumspect.’
- ‘They may be more circumspect about public encouragement these days but they continue to sponsor and facilitate his freelance crusade.’
- ‘So you'd think people might be a little bit more circumspect, especially on that stretch of footpath.’
- ‘I would expect that, when an activity is under threat, some attempt would be made by its supporters to be considerate and circumspect.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He may have taken this risk consciously; we might wish to be more circumspect.’
- ‘Investor are now much more circumspect and vigilant, lest more wool is pulled over their eyes by yet another old goat.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I may have to review that, and become much more circumspect.’
- ‘We've yet to pick our candidate, so I've got to be circumspect, but we certainly need a charismatic candidate.’
Late Middle English: from Latin circumspectus, from circumspicere look around from circum around, about + specere look.
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