discreet ADJECTIVE (discreeter, discreetest) careful not to attract attention or give offence.
DERIVATIVES discreetly adverb.
USAGE The words discrete and discreet are often confused. Discrete means ‘separate’ (a discrete unit), while discreet means ‘careful and prudent’.
ORIGIN Old French discret, from Latin discretus 'separate' .

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