WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
cir•cum•spect /ˈsɜrkəmˌspɛkt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. watchful and careful; avoiding risks: circumspect behavior.
cir•cum•spec•tion /ˌsɜrkəmˈspɛkʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
cir•cum•spect•ly, adv. See -spec-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
cir•cum•spect  (sûrkəm spekt′),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. watchful and discreet;
    cautious;
    prudent:circumspect behavior.
  2. well-considered:circumspect ambition.
circum•spect′ly, adv. 
circum•spect′ness, n. 
  • Latin circumspectus (past participle of circumspicere to look around), equivalent. to circum- circum- + spec(ere) to look + -tus past participle suffix
  • late Middle English 1375–1425
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged careful, vigilant, guarded.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged careless, indiscreet.

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