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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discreetadjective

    marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint

    "his trusted discreet aide"; "a discreet, finely wrought gold necklace"

  2. discerning, discreetadjective

    unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic

    "a discerning editor"; "a discreet silence"

  3. circumspect, discreetadjective

    heedful of potential consequences

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


  1. discreetadjective

    Respectful of privacy or secrecy; quiet; diplomatic.

  2. discreetadjective

    Not drawing attention, anger or challenge; inconspicuous.

  3. Etymology: From discret, from discretus, from past participle of discernere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DISCREETadjective

    Prudent; circumspect; cautious; sober; not rash; not precipitant; not careless; not hardily adventurous.

    Etymology: discret, French.

    Honest, discreet, quiet, and godly learned men, will not be withdrawn by you. John Whitgift.

    Less fearful than discreet,
    You love the fundamental part of state,
    More than you doubt the charge of’t. William Shakespeare, Coriol.

    To elder years to be discreet and grave,
    Then to old age maturity she gave. John Denham.

    It is the discreet man, not the witty, nor the learned, nor the brave, who guides the conversation, and gives measures to society. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 225.

    Dear youth, by fortune favour’d, but by Love
    Alas! not favour’d less, be still as now
    Discreet. James Thomson, Summer, l. 1355.


  1. discreet

    Discreet generally refers to behavior that is careful, prudent, or circumspect, especially in regards to respecting privacy or maintaining secrecy about something. It can also imply subtlety, unobtrusiveness, or a low-key approach. It can further refer to something that is separate or distinct from others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discreet

    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

  2. Discreet

    differing; distinct

  3. Etymology: [F. discret, L. discretus separated (whence the meaning reserved, prudent), p. p. of discernere. See Discern, and cf. Discrete.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discreet

    dis-krēt′, adj. having discernment: wary: circumspect: prudent.—adv. Discreetly.—n. Discreet′ness. [O. Fr. discret—L. discrētusdiscernĕre, to separate, to perceive.]

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  1. discrete

  2. desertic

  3. creedist

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discreet in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discreet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of discreet in a Sentence

  1. Cervantes:

    Poesy is a beauteous damsel, chaste, honourable, discreet, witty, retired, and who keeps herself within the limits of propriety. She is a friend of solitude; fountains entertain her, meadows console her, woods free her from ennui, flowers delight her; in short, she gives pleasure and instruction to all with whom she communicates.

  2. Greg Valliere:

    Companies realize that if they are too outspoken, that will inevitably piss off some of their customers. Why do that ? therefore, they have to be pretty discreet.

  3. Arthur Wellesley:

    Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.

  4. Lin Wei Liang:

    What we have here is much more invisible, discreet, something that you can wear just like a normal hoodie or jacket, and yet you can get that massage without people noticing.

  5. Gilles Criniere:

    Emiliano was very appreciated by the supporters, he was very approachable, discreet and a perfect fit for the FC Nantes mentality.

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