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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adv : with discretion; prudently and with wise self-restraint; "I
            sent for the sergeant of the platoon both men were in
            and asked him to try to find out discreetly what lay
            behind this" [ant: indiscreetly]