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Meaning of DISCREET

Pronunciation:  di'skreet

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  1. [adj]  marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint; "his trusted discreet aide"; "a discreet, finely wrought gold necklace"
  2. [adj]  heedful of potential consequences; "circumspect actions"; "physicians are now more circumspect about recommending its use"; "a discreet investor"
  3. [adj]  unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic; "a discerning editor"; "a discreet silence"

DISCREET is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: circumspect, discerning, modest, prudent, restrained, tactful, unostentatious
 Antonyms: indiscreet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis*creet"\, a. [Compar. {Discreeter}; superl.
{Discreetest}.] [F. discret, L. discretus separated (whence
the meaning reserved, prudent), p. p. of discernere. See
{Discern}, and cf. {Discrete}.]
1. Possessed of discernment, especially in avoiding error or
   evil, and in the adaptation of means to ends; prudent;
   sagacious; judicious; not rash or heedless; cautious.

         It is the discreet man, not the witty, nor the
         learned, nor the brave, who guides the conversation,
         and gives measures to society.        --Addison.

         Satire 's my weapon, but I 'm too discreet To run
         amuck, and tilt at all I meet.        --Pope.

         The sea is silent, the sea is discreet.

2. Differing; distinct. [Obs.] --Spenser. -- {Dis*creet"ly},
   adv. -- {Dis*creet"ness}, n.

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