- 1careful in what you say or do, in order to keep something secret or to avoid causing embarrassment or difficulty for someone synonym tactful
- 2 He was always very discreet about his love affairs. You should ask a few discreet questions before you sign anything. A discreet glance at the clock told me the interview had lasted an hour. Word Familydiscreet adjective (≠indiscreet)discretion noun (≠indiscretion)
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adverb She coughed discreetly to announce her presence.