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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discreet  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  discreet 
  adj  1:  marked  by  prudence  or  modesty  and  wise  self-restraint;  "his 
  trusted  discreet  aide";  "a  discreet,  finely  wrought 
  gold  necklace  [ant:  {indiscreet}] 
  2:  unobtrusively  perceptive  and  sympathetic;  "a  discerning 
  editor";  "a  discreet  silence"  [syn:  {discerning}] 
  3:  heedful  of  potential  consequences;  "circumspect  actions"; 
  "physicians  are  now  more  circumspect  about  recommending 
  its  use";  "a  discreet  investor"  [syn:  {circumspect}] 




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