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.

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  • 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


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

Middle English, from Old French discret, from Medieval Latin discrētus, from Latin, past participle of discernere, to separate, discern; see discern.

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From Old French discret, from Latin discretus, from past participle of discernere.


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