from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Carefully aware of all circumstances; considerate of all that is pertinent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Attentive to all the circumstances of a case or the probable consequences of an action; cautious; prudent; wary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Literally, looking about on all sides; hence, examining carefully all the circumstances that may affect, a determination; watchful on all sides; cautious; wary.
  • To look on all sides of; examine carefully; scrutinize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. heedful of potential consequences


Middle English, from Latin circumspectus, past participle of circumspicere, to take heed : circum-, circum- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin circumspectō ("look around"). (Wiktionary)



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