Heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent.
[Middle English, from Latin circumspectus, past participle of circumspicere, to take heed : circum-, circum- + specere, to look; see spek- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
circum·spec′tion (-spĕkshən) n.
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