discreetly

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Discreet \Dis*creet"\, adjective [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. --Longfellow.

2. Differing; distinct. [Obs.] --Spenser. -- {Dis*creet"ly}, adverb -- {Dis*creet"ness}, noun Discrepance

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

discreetly

adverb

1: with discretion; prudently and with wise self-restraint; "I sent for the sergeant of the platoon both men were in and asked him to try to find out discreetly what lay behind this" [ant: {indiscreetly}]


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