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


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.


"Circumspection" is a composition.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for circumspection

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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 rmched by pitting a student with a ...

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 previewA dictionary of daily blunders, by the author of 'A handy book of synonyms'. [With] A handy book of common English synonyms [and] A handy classical dictionary. [3 pt. Issued together in a publisher's casing with the general title Handbook for writers and readers]. (1880)

by Thomas Preston (lexicographer.)

Care, anxiety, solicitude , concern, attention, regard, circumspection, caution. Career, history, course, race , ...

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 previewChambers's etymological dictionary of the English language, ed. by J. Donald (1867)

by Chambers W. and R., ltd

circumspection, sèr-kum-spek'shun, п., circuntspect- ness ; watchfulness ; caution . Carcumstance, scr'kum-stans, n. lit that which stands round or accompanies ; something attendant upon or relative to a fact ; an accident or event,— pi. the state ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Identity (2010)

by Ronald L. Jackson II

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 imperial dictionary of the English language (1885)

a complete encyclopedic lexicon, literary, scientific, and technological 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 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 Encyclopaedia; Or, A Dictionary of Facts, and Useful Knowledge (1804)

Comprehending a Concise View of the Latest Discoveries, Inventions, and Improvements, Chiefly Applicable to Rural and Domestic Economy. Together with Descriptions of the Most Interesting Objects of Nature and Art; the History of Men and Animals, in a State of Health Or Disease; and Practical Hints Respecting the Arts and Manufactures, Both Familiar and Commercial, Illustrated with Numerous Engravings and Cuts in Five Volumes by Anthony Florian Madinger Willich, James Mease

The study of mathematics being very extensive, ought to be pursued with equal circumspection and industry; and those branches which are most applicable to common life, ought most principally to engage the attentionMathematics must also ...

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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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