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; thoughtfulness; wariness; forecast. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • 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.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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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