circumspect = vorsichtig, umsichtig, besonnen, zurückhaltend, behutsam
NSA: Why Tinubu must be CIRCUMSPECT in choice — All eyes are now on President Tinubu to unleash his magic wand and mitigate the challenges posed by insecurity in the country.
Kehinde Olojede — The Guardian (4th June 2023)
But across Asia, government policies towards the war are often out of sync with public sentiment. In Singapore, where officials have been enthusiastic about joining in with America, citizens are more CIRCUMSPECT.
The Economist — ‘Asia’s Ukraine dilemma’ (23rd April 2022)
- careful not to take risks
- careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences
- watchful and discreet, well considered
The Cambridge Dictionary / Merriam-Webster / Dictionary dot com
Circumspect derives from the Latin circumspicere, a combination of circum (around) and specere (to look). It entered English in the mid-16th century.
Thus, "circumspect" literally means "to look around". It implies being thoughtful, cautious and prudent in considering all circumstances before acting or making a decision.
Other words derived from Latin specere (to look) include:
- inspect = to look at or examine closely
- spectator = one who looks on or watches
- spectacles = eyeglasses used to improve eyesight
- spectrum = a range of related things arranged by color, frequency, etc.
- speculate = to theorize or make a conjecture based on incomplete information
- perspicacious = having keen mental perception and understanding
"It is better to be too bold than to be too circumspect." (Niccolo Machiavelli)
"Better be safe than sorry." (English proverb)
"Look before you leap." (English proverb)
"Measure twice, cut once." (Carpentry proverb)
"When in doubt, don't." (Benjamin Franklin)
"When in doubt, don't. If still in doubt, 'do what’s right'.” (Donald Rumsfeld)
"Caution: Cape does not enable user to fly." (Batman costume tag)
all ears, alert, attentive, aware, cagey, canny, careful, chary, cautious, canny, chary, CIRCUMSPECT, discreet, discriminating, gingerly, guarded, heedful, judicious heedfulness, measured, meticulous, on guard, on one's toes (the ball), play safe, politic, prudent, restrained, safe, scrupulous, sensible, treading carefully, vigilant, wary, watchful, weighing alternatives, well-considered
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“Honestly, how many of us are really CIRCUMSPECT when it comes to reading the terms and conditions of new software we want to install?”
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