Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective heedful of potential consequences

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Latin circumspectus, past participle of circumspicere, to take heed : circum-, circum- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin circumspectō ("look around").

Examples

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    June 19, 2007