Circumspection is the quality of being cautious and prudent. If you don't immediately get excited about a party invitation, instead taking some time to consider whether you want to go, that's your circumspection in action.

Circumspection is generally a good characteristic, keeping people from making bad decisions. Your friend's circumspection makes her a great source of advice, someone you can trust to provide a considered opinion after a lot of thought. But circumspection can also slow you down if it means you're always scared of making a mistake. This word is rooted in the Latin circumspicere, "to look around."

Definitions of circumspection
  1. noun
    the trait of being circumspect and prudent
    synonyms: caution
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    the trait of practicing caution in advance
    chariness, wariness
    the trait of being cautious and watchful
    type of:
    discernment, discretion
    the trait of judging wisely and objectively
  2. noun
    knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
    synonyms: discreetness, discretion, prudence
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    discretion in keeping secret information
    type of:
    discernment, judgement, judgment, sagaciousness, sagacity
    the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
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