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discreet

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1  —as in:
discreet--not showy or gossipy
Definition trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
  • I leave my phone on silent mode, so it can alert me discreetly when I receive a text message.
discreetly = in a manner that is unlikely to attract attention
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I will be discreet in my investigation.
  • discreet = careful not to attract attention or cause embarrassment
  • We are discreet at the office. We never display affection or act as though we date.
  • discreet = careful not to attract attention
  • You can count on her to be discreet.
  • discreet = trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
  • I prefer discreet makeup to heavy makeup.
  • discreet = unlikely to attract attention
  • Their servers are discreet yet attentive.
  • discreet = don't attract attention and/or don't talk with others about what they see and hear
  • I also told them to engage a staff of servants whom I was prepared to pay very liberally — so long as they keep their mouths shut, I thought — provided that they are discreet, I wrote.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • discreet = trustworthy with secrets
  • Sylvia left the cow to whatever sad fate might await her, and stepped discreetly aside into the bushes, but she was just too late.  The enemy had discovered her, and...
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • discreetly = inconspicuously (in a manner unlikely to attract attention)
  • ...like you handled that operation you done on my daughter, so discreetly that a hillbilly Heckler is shouting me questions about it wherever I speak?
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • discreetly = in a manner that is unlikely to attract attention or cause embarrassment
  • She kept her voice down and a carefully pleasant expression on her face. "Lieutenant, must you do this now, here and now?"
      "Mrs. Whitney, I'll be as discreet as I possibly can."
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
discreet = trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive

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2  —as in:
discreet--not foolish
Definition sensible and careful; possibly having good manners
  • She is a discreet investor.
discreet = sensible and careful
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I need someone who is discreet—not someone as clueless and foolish as her little sister.
  • discreet = sensible and careful
  • Well, I have been indiscreet, formerly; but I think I have got over it.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • indiscreet = not sensible or careful
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscreet means not and reverses the meaning of discreet. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • Mr. Raymond chuckled, not at all offended, and I tried to frame a discreet question: "Why do you do like you do?"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • discreet = polite (using good judgment)
  • I consider the blessing of a wife as most justly described in those discreet lines of the poet—'Heaven's last best gift.'
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • discreet = sensible
  • It would have been indiscreet and unprofessional for us to become sexual partners.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • indiscreet = not sensible or careful
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscreet means not and reverses the meaning of discreet. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • Discreet he was, and of great reverence:
    He seemed such, his wordes were so wise,
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Do you want to be told that you are only unlike other people in being more wise and discreet?
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • discreet = sensible
  • My daughter, whom you have never seen, is nothing to you; and I, possibly, am only an indiscreet and impertinent old man.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscreet means not and reverses the meaning of discreet. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • Allow me to say that it is extremely indiscreet of you to form secret alliances with young men.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscreet means not and reverses the meaning of discreet. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)

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