Dis·creet a. [Compar. Discreeter superl. Discreetest.]
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.]
-- Dis*creet*ly, adv. -- Dis*creet*ness, n.
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]