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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]


Marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint

Context examples:

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


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


indiscreet (lacking discretion; injudicious)

Sense 2discreet [BACK TO TOP]


Unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic


discerning; discreet

Context examples:

a discerning editor / a discreet silence


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

Sense 3discreet [BACK TO TOP]


Heedful of potential consequences


circumspect; discreet

Context examples:

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


prudent (careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment)

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