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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
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, adv. -- Dis*creet"ness, n.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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