Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Literally, looking about in every direction; hence, cautious; careful of consequences; wary; vigilant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Looking around every way; cautious; careful of consequences; watchful of danger.
“My guilty pleasures run a mile high – from epic fantasy tomes (Terry Brooks, Sara Douglass) to circumspective high brow romance Georgette Heyer novellas.”
“The one appeared to be in a sound sleep, and the other keeping the most circumspective vigils.”
“On a closer inspection, however, after _walking round it_ ([Greek: periodeusantes]), or _on circumspection_, we observe it does not move, nor has it the proper colour, shape, or proportions; and now we conclude it is not a serpent; here we are determined in our belief by the [Greek: periôdeumenê phantasia], and we assent to the _circumspective phantasy_.”
“To school, in very deed, she had been sent; that is to say, she had all manner of teachers, first in England and then abroad, during the couple of years before the birth of her child; and by this instruction Arabella profited so notably that her language made no glaring contrast with that of the civilised world, and her mind seemed if anything more acute, more circumspective, than women's generally in the sphere to which she was now admitted.”
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