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She’s too circumspect to make that kind of mistake.
  thoughtful of all circumstances and consequences
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circumspect circumspection circumspectly
Synonym Comparison:
  • cautious usually implies a defensive focus
  • prudent emphasizes good sense
  • circumspect is especially used with regard to political, diplomatic, or social propriety
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  • She’s too circumspect to make that kind of mistake.
  • Despite the public outcry, a more circumspect Senate will be hesitant to pass such legislation.
  • She wrote the most researched and circumspect biography of Benjamin Franklin.
  • "How blessed is Calormen," said the Vizier, popping up his face again, "on whose ruler the gods have been pleased to bestow prudence and circumspection!
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy

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  • I would think of sin as I would think of the clothes we both wore in the world’s face, of the circumspection necessary because he was he and I was I; the sin the more utter and terrible since he was the instrument ordained by God who created the sin, to sanctify that sin He had created.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • The poor guy had been staring at her all night, and though he tried to be circumspect, she knew exactly what he was thinking,
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • At Crossroads Station somewhere on the other side of Paredon they picked up five farmworkers who climbed up on the bed of the truck and nodded and spoke to him with great circumspection and courtesy.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • I would not say that we are the most prestigious law firm in all of Boston, because that would not be totally circumspect.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • Two of them have asked in the most circumspect and quiet ways possible if there was a chance that you prefer women.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Little Janet hadn’t told a soul that she had a motion entered in court—typical jailhouse circumspection.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • A very quiet, circumspect crusade where each side was sure they were protecting the immortal soul of the Archives.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I see you are most anxious to meet the volunteers, as will be most of the men when they learn of their arrival, and so I suggest you remain as circumspect as possible.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • These two are a peculiar pair—she circumspect and reserved, he bouncing on his toes, humming with energy.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Toward the end of 1938, in the full flood of his passion, he began working on his magnum opus, the aforementioned pamphlet, in which for the first time he broached the idea—very cautiously, backing and filling with a circumspection bordering on the ambiguous—of "total abolishment."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "My interests must lie with the MacKenzie clan as a whole," Mr. Gowan said circumspectly.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • We must be circumspect, for we are dealing with a very cunning man.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Boris smiled circumspectly, so that it might be taken as ironical or appreciative according to the way the joke was received.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I honour your circumspection.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I suspect no one; death raps at your door—it enters—it goes, not blindfolded, but circumspectly, from room to room.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Langdon nodded but still felt circumspect.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He became more circumspect in his work as a result of the visit from the second C.I.D. man.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • If Dolores knew, she would crawl up in her blanket of affectations and die circumspectly.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • What was needed now was not bravery, but circumspection.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Accordingly our eyes were very circumspect, till about half a league farther, we perceived a dead horse, and near a dozen of wolves devouring its carcase.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • But he was too circumspect in his findings.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • It is God who gave us reason and circumspection!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Eragon had to be circumspect about his training.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • This brought me near to where I had encountered Ben Gunn, the maroon; and I walked more circumspectly, keeping an eye on every side.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Learn then from this story not to fear the fruits of the past, but rather to be circumspect in the future, that those foul passions whereby our family has suffered so grievously may not again be loosed to our undoing.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The conduct of a widow must be twice as circumspect as that of a matron.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • During the short and frugal repast that followed, the conversation was extremely circumspect, and related entirely to the events of the hunt, in which Magua had so lately been engaged.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Nothing, but that the lessons of her past folly might teach her humility and circumspection in future.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The brothels were quiet, orderly, and circumspect.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • They were used circumspectly, and the humans remained, for the most part, oblivious.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • ’I hope the terrific noise you made just now was the signal of victory,’ said my wife, drawing near, with the utmost circumspection, and holding Franz tightly by the hand.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The Guild requires that we play a circumspect game.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The little man stood tiptoe, and putting his head first to one side and then the other, and snuffing considerately in the directions of the various bottles, ordered at last a mint julep, in a thin and quivering voice, and with an air of great circumspection.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I walked with the utmost circumspection, to avoid treading on any stragglers who might remain in the streets, although the orders were very strict, that all people should keep in their houses, at their own peril.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Learn then from this story not to fear the fruits of the past, but rather to be circumspect in the future, that those foul passions whereby our family has suffered so grievously may not again be loosed to our undoing.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • An exceedingly calm, circumspect man, Groom was pleasant company but seldom spoke unless spoken to and replied to questions tersely, in a barely audible voice.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Most of the company were chapmen and waggoners, all extremely polite; they asked Cacambo a few questions with the greatest circumspection, and answered his in the most obliging manner.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Here he had need All circumspection: and we now no less Choice in our suffrage; for on whom we send The weight of all, and our last hope, relies.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • They were just emerging from a narrow court not far from the open square in Clerkenwell, which is yet called, by some strange perversion of terms, ’The Green’: when the Dodger made a sudden stop; and, laying his finger on his lip, drew his companions back again, with the greatest caution and circumspection.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • If Jo had not been otherwise engaged, Laurie’s behavior would have amused her, for a faint twinge, not of jealousy, but something like suspicion, caused that gentleman to stand aloof at first, and observe the newcomer with brotherly circumspection.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • For as the swift monster drags you deeper and deeper into the frantic shoal, you bid adieu to circumspect life and only exist in a delirious throb.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Vassily Ivanovitch several times attempted in the most circumspect manner to question Bazarov about his work, about his health, and about Arkady….
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • The event has proved, that I was a cunning fool, providing with great circumspection for a possible opportunity of making myself contemptible and wretched for ever.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • I had to act with the utmost circumspection to save myself from the suspicion of insanity.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Therefore he was circumspect in all he did, and whenever he appeared in the public ways in the afternoon, or on Sunday, it was with his wife, and sometimes his children.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • If Chrysostom’s impatience and violent passion killed him, why should my modest behaviour and circumspection be blamed?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
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Associated words [difficulty]:   circumspect [3] , circumference [3] , circumvent [5] , circumlocution [7] , circumscribe [7]
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