from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by, exercising, or showing prudence and wise self-restraint in speech and behavior; circumspect.
- adj. Free from ostentation or pretension; modest.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Respectful of privacy or secrecy; quiet; diplomatic.
- adj. Not drawing attention, anger or challenge; inconspicuous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Possessed of discernment, especially in avoiding error or evil, and in the adaptation of means to ends; prudent; sagacious; judicious; not rash or heedless; cautious.
- adj. Differing; distinct.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Distinct; distinguishable; discrete. See discrete, the usual spelling in this sense.
- Wise or judicious in avoiding mistakes or faults, or in selecting the best means to accomplish a purpose; prudent; circumspect; cautious; wary; not rash.
- Civil; polite.
- Synonyms See list under cautious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic
- adj. marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
- adj. heedful of potential consequences
Middle English, from Old French discret, from Medieval Latin discrētus, from Latin, past participle of discernere, to separate, discern; see discern.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French discret, from Latin discretus, from past participle of discernere. (Wiktionary)