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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of circumspicere 'to look around, be careful', from circum- ( CIRCUM-) + specere 'to look'

circumspect

adjective
     
cir‧cum‧spect formal
thinking carefully about something before doing it, in order to avoid risk [= cautious]:
The governor was usually circumspect when dealing with the media.
circumspectly adverb
circumspection noun [uncountable]

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