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- Respectful of privacy or secrecy; quiet; diplomatic.
With a discreet gesture, she reminded him to mind his manners.
- Not drawing attention, anger or challenge; inconspicuous.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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 Pope.
To run amuck, and tilt at all I meet.
The sea is silent, the sea is
2. Differing; distinct. [Obs.]
-- Dis*creet"ly, adv. --
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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