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circumspect (SUR-kuhm-spekt) adjective

Heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent.

[Middle English, from Latin circumspectus, past participle of circumspicere, to take heed : circum-, + specere, to look.]

"A man's worth can be assessed in several ways, but for a truly candid appraisal, check with his creditors. At the usually circumspect World Bank, inquiries about Indian politician N.Chandrababu Naidu are likely to produce a string of superlatives." Maseeh Rahman, Asia: Beating Bangalore, Time International, 24 Aug 1998.

This week's theme: words to describe people.

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critic, n. A person who boasts himself hard to please because nobody tries to please him. -Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) [The Devil's Dictionary]


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