This week’s “Word of the Week” is circumspect. According to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, circumspect is an adjective that means “careful to consider all circumstances and consequences.” Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder further notes, “Since spect- comes from the Latin word for ‘look,’ circumspect basically means ‘looking around’ yourself before you act.”
Synonyms of circumspect include “prudent” and “cautious.” The noun form of circumspect is circumspection.
Below are some examples of sentences from recent news articles that use the word circumspect.
“‘We are all being a bit more circumspect and less gung-ho about our bond-bull stance,’ Andrew Roberts, head of European rates strategy in London, wrote in an investor report on Oct. 7. ‘We are hardening this circumspection on two things: bank recapitalization and consensus-view change.’” http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-10/rbs-says-euro-bank-recapitalization-plan-risks-bund-shake-out-.html
“Congress bombarded the deficit supercommittee with ideas on ways to save money, including a bipartisan proposal from the House and Senate agricultural committees to cut farm aid while offering more circumspect suggestions to control defense costs.” http://www.detnews.com/article/20111015/POLITICS03/110150335/1025/POLITICS03/Deficit-panel-buried-under-suggestions
“‘We look at the spouse to give us some clue as to the character of the candidate,’ said Myra Gutin, a Rider University communications professor who studies first ladies. ‘He or she has to be circumspect, to avoid controversy as much as possible. But it’s very hard for spouses to watch their significant other go through a hard time, so they sometimes speak out about it.’” http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44943347/ns/today-today_news/t/presidential-hopefuls-spouses-come-under-scrutiny/#.Tp2Ltt4r2so
“However, Medco agreed earlier this year to be bought for $29 billion by rival Express Scripts Inc., whose CEO has been more circumspect about international expansion.” http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/17/medco-uniteddrug-idUSN1E79G06Z20111017
“Another bit of very big news buried in this story is that the basic Kindle e-reader from Amazon now starts at $79, a price point that’s very hard to resist. It seems that those of us late-adopters who have hung back will be nicely rewarded for our patience and circumspection.” http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2011/09/get-ready-for-a-tab-valanche.html
For more information on the word circumspect, please visit the following Web sites:
“Circumspect.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 11th Ed., 2004. Print.
“Circumspect.” Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder. 2nd Ed., 2010. Print.