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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun circumspection:


Definition of circumspection

What does circumspection mean?


  1. knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
  2. the trait of being circumspect and prudent

Alternative definition


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


"Circumspection" is a composition.

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Google previewHeidegger (2012)

An Introduction by Jeremy Wisnewski

The term Circumspection translates llmsicht, which literally means something like "seeing-around"—it is, in other words, quite literally a kind of seeing. Circumspection is a way of comporting ourselves to entities, one that places us in a relation ;...

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 previewIllinois Law Review (1922)

An affirmative assertion requires good circumspection to be based on good information, even though it must still be admitted that the quality of circumspection is a special one. A decisive answer would be reached by pitting a student with a ...

Google previewThe American and English encyclopedia of law (1893)

by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland

of which would have prevented the loss, and, fifth, those who, though not charged by the bylaws with any special duty, failed to exercise that reasonable circumspection over the affairs of the bank which the law demanded of them. Williams v.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Identity (2010)

by Ronald L. Jackson II, Michael A. Hogg

Dramaturgical circumspection primarily involves preparation on the part of actors for the forthcoming performance ahead of time. Appropriate dispositions are critical for participating in performances fruitfully. Yet it would be in the interest of  ...

Google previewThe Gentlemlen's Lexicon; Or, A Pocket Dictionary, Containing Nearly Every Work in the English Language (1835)

Being Also Particularly Adapted to the Use of Academies and Schools by William Grimshaw

Prudence, foresight, circumspection ; warning, v. cau- tion ; pr. par. cautioning ; past, cautioned: adj. cautionary, cautious : adv. cautiously. CAVALCA'DE. s. A procession on horseback. CA V ALTER, s. A horseman or knight. CAVALI'ER. adj .

Google previewThe domestic encyclopedia, or, A dictionary of facts and useful knowledge, chiefly applicable to rural & domestic economy (1821)

with an appendix, containing additions in domestic medicine, and the veterinary and culinary arts by Anthony Florian Madinger Willich, Thomas Cooper, Katherine Golden Bitting Collection on Gastronomy (Library of Congress)

And though we are in possession of a remedy, sufficiently powerful to effect that desirable purpose, yet great circumspection is required in its use; as, otherwise, the consequences might be more distressing than the disease. This medicine is ...

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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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