circumspection :

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sur kuhm spek shuhn

  • n  knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
  • n  the trait of being circumspect and prudent

  • Frank McKenna in
    But he has not flinched from his responsibility to consumers and the public at large - often, I am sure, in the face of advice from those who would counsel greater circumspection,McKenna said.
  • Joni Madraiwiwi in Sydney Morning Herald
    There was a frank exchange of views between the parties. Both recognised the need to put the national interest first,Madraiwiwi said. "It is critical that elements in the government and the military exercise circumspection and discretion...
  • James Madison in The Conservative Voice
    James Madison wrote in Federalist paper #55, "As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust, so there are other qualities in human nature, which justify a certain portion of esteem and...

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