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DISCREET

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does discreet mean? 

DISCREET (adjective)
  The adjective DISCREET has 3 senses:

1. marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
2. unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic
3. heedful of potential consequences

  Familiarity information: DISCREET used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISCREET (adjective)


Sense 1discreet [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint

Context examples:

his trusted discreet aide / a discreet, finely wrought gold necklace

Similar:

modest; restrained; unostentatious (free from ostentation or pretension)

Antonym:

indiscreet (lacking discretion; injudicious)


Sense 2discreet [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic

Synonyms:

discerning; discreet

Context examples:

a discerning editor / a discreet silence

Similar:

tactful (having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others)


Sense 3discreet [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Heedful of potential consequences

Synonyms:

circumspect; discreet

Context examples:

circumspect actions / physicians are now more circumspect about recommending its use / a discreet investor

Similar:

prudent (careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment)


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