Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Acting in a discreet manner; one that respects privacy or secrecy; quietly; diplomatically.
  • adv. Inconspicuously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Prudently; circumspectly; cautiously; judiciously; with nice judgment of what is best to be done or omitted.

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

  • adv. with discretion; prudently and with wise self-restraint

Etymologies

discreet +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Forbidden from evangelizing, American Christians who teach English or work in social service agencies in China spread the word discreetly.

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  • They say the others were driven discreetly from the hospital Friday in the northern mining town of Copiapo without stopping to speak to the hordes of journalists waiting outside.

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  • A dining counter protrudes discreetly from the wall, supported by a single shiny leg.

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  • He had also agreed to my request to have my name discreetly removed from the cover.

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  • First, adoptees, as a rule, don't just "show up", they call discreetly, they write letters.

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  • Michigan's Liquor Control Commission deemed the beer's colorful label discreetly depicting a nude-beach scene to be "detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of the general public."

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  • After ballasting his ship with silver from the rich Potosi mines, and rifling even the churches, he hastened onward in pursuit of a richly laden galleon nicknamed _Cacafuego_ -- a name discreetly translated _Spitfire_, but which, to repeat a joke that greatly amused Drake's men at the time, it was proposed to change to _Spitsilver_, for when overtaken and captured the vessel yielded 26 tons of silver, 13 chests of pieces of eight, and gold and jewels sufficient to swell the booty to half a million pounds sterling.

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  • The hotel had contributed several bottles of nonvintage Czechoslovakian champagne, their labels discreetly hidden by white napkins.

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  • The languages name discreetly and quickly such variables as generation, lineal or collateral, natural or adopted, age within generation, sex of speaker, sex of relative referred to, sexes of relatives forming linkage, consanguinity or affinity, and vital status.

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  • When I purchase my product I receive it quickly and it is always wrapped discreetly, which is very important to me.

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