circumspection

circumspection (n.) late 14c., "careful observation of one's surroundings," from O.Fr. circumspection (Mod.Fr. circonspection), from L. circumspectionem (nom. circumspectio) "looking around," noun of action from pp. stem of circumspicere (see CIRCUMSPECT (Cf. circumspect)).

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  • Circumspection — Cir cum*spec tion, n. [L. circumspectio.] Attention to all the facts and circumstances of a case; caution; watchfulness. [1913 Webster] With silent circumspection, unespied. Milton. Syn: Caution; prudence; watchfulness; deliberation;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • circumspection — index caution (vigilance), deliberation, diligence (care), discretion (quality of being discreet), discrimination (good judgmen …   Law dictionary

  • circumspection — caution, wariness, calculation, chariness (see under CAUTIOUS) Analogous words: carefulness or care, punctiliousness, punctuality, meticulosity, scrupulousness (see corresponding adjectives at CAREFUL): discretion, forethought, foresight,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • circumspection — /serr keuhm spek sheuhn/, n. circumspect observation or action; caution; prudence: He approached with circumspection. [1350 1400; ME < L circumspection (s. of circumspectio), equiv. to circumspect(us) CIRCUMSPECT + ion ION] * * * …   Universalium

  • circumspection — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)kəmspe̱kʃ(ə)n[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft with N Circumspection is cautious behaviour and a refusal to take risks. [FORMAL] The angry man would have to be handled with circumspection. Syn: caution, care …   English dictionary

  • circumspection — circumspect ► ADJECTIVE ▪ cautious or prudent. DERIVATIVES circumspection noun circumspectly adverb. ORIGIN Latin circumspectus, from circumspicere look around …   English terms dictionary

  • circumspection — noun see circumspect …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • circumspection — noun Attention to all the facts and circumstances of a case; caution; watchfulness; vigilance …   Wiktionary

  • circumspection — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. caution, prudence, wariness, heed; see care 1 , prudence . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters: caution, discretion, forehandedness, foresight, foresightedness,… …   English dictionary for students

  • circumspection — cir·cum·spec·tion || ‚sɜːkÉ™m spekʃn n. caution, prudence …   English contemporary dictionary

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