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Definition of the noun Circumspection

What does Circumspection mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: circumspections

  1. knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
  2. the trait of being circumspect and prudent
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of circumspection: caution
    • more generic words: discernment / discretion = the trait of judging wisely and objectively
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the noun Circumspection


  1. Attention to all the facts and circumstances of a case; caution; watchfulness; vigilance.


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Google previewMateriality And Society (2004)

by Dant, Tim

Rather than a distinctive action of looking, a looking that is an action complete in itself, 'circumspection' is that form of sight which is part of the flow of a familiar action. Circumspection is a bodily capacity to orient the material form of the body ...

Google previewTheology of Discontent

The Ideological Foundatation of the Islamic Revolution in Iran by Hamid Dabashi

Circumspection is the first virtue, or is it vice, revolutionaries choose to discard. The First President Sayyid Abolhasan Bani-Sadr was born on Wednesday, 22 March 1933, in the small village of Baghcheh near Hamadan in central Iran.

Google previewIntroducing the Practice of Ministry (2010)

by Kathleen A. Cahalan

Circumspection refers to the means to attain that end and whether the means are good and suitable. As noted in chapter 5, Aquinas teaches that action involves what is intended as the end of action, what the aim is as well as the means they ...

Google previewPractical Essays (1884)

by Alexander Bain

risks and contingencies of an ordinary man's position — -professional, family, and personal — is to go about under a constant burden ; the difference between a thorough-going and an easygoing circumspection is a large additional demand ...

Google previewPerfecting Human Actions (2009)

St. Thomas Aquinas on Human Participation in Eternal Law by John Michael Rziha

Circumspection is the act of considering the relevant circumstances. Since practical matters contain many combinations of circumstances, ...

Google previewGeneral bulter in ne (1864)

Boldness in execution is nearly always necessary ; but in planning and fitting out expeditions or detachments, great circumspection is a virtue. In important cases, where time clearly permits, be sure to submit your plans and ask instructions ...

Google previewThe Heidegger Dictionary (2013)

by Daniel O. Dahlstrom

Circumspection. (Umsicht). “The most acute manner of merely looking upon the so-and-so constituted appearance of things can not discover what is handy. The view of things, looking-upon [them] only 'theoretically', dispenses with the ...

Google previewThe International Dictionary of Artificial Intelligence (1999)

by William J. Raynor, William Raynor

Circumspection is a form of nonmonontone logic. It achieves this by adding formulae to that basic predicate logic that limit (circumscribe) the predicates in the initial formulae.

Google previewA Dictionary of Correspondences, Representatives, and Significatives, Derived from the Word of the Lord (1910)

by Emanuel Swedenborg, George Nicholson, Charles Bolles

circumspection; and, in like manner, the sensual by which they exercised circumspection, lest they should be injured by the evil; which is evident from the words of the ...

Google previewThe Imperial dictionary, on the basis of Webster's English dictionary (1882)

by John Ogilvie

Circumspection (ser-kum-spek'shon), n. Attention to all the facts and circumstances of a case, and to the natural or probable consequences of a measure, with a view to a correct course of conduct or to avoid danger; observation of the true ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

A Dictionary of Discriminated Synonyms with Antonyms and Analogous and Contrasted Words by Merriam-Webster, Inc

The same differences in implications and connotations are apparent in the nouns caution, circumspection, wariness, chariness, calculation when they denote the quality of the character or the mental processes of one who is so attentive.

Google previewA Dictionary of Human Instincts (2001)

by Nils Oeijord

cicatrization, cicatrization instinct circadian rhythms, circadianrhythms instincts circumspection, circumspection instinct civilian catastrophe reaction, civiliancatastrophereaction instinct clairvoyance, ...

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Circumspection Meaning

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Scrabble value of C3I1R1C3U1M3S1P3E1C3T1I1O1N1

The value of this 14-letter word is 24 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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