1. with discretion
; prudently and with wise self-restraint
; - Example: "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"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Discreet \Dis*creet"\, a. [Compar. Discreeter; superl.
Discreetest.] [F. discret, L. discretus separated (whence
the meaning reserved, prudent), p. p. of discernere. See
Discern, and cf. Discrete.]
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.
2. Differing; distinct. [Obs.] --Spenser. -- Dis*creet"ly,
adv. -- Dis*creet"ness, n. Discrepance
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: 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]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
33 Moby Thesaurus words for "discreetly":
artfully, astutely, cannily, carefully, cautiously, circumspectly,
cleverly, considerately, cunningly, discerningly, easy, gingerly,
guardedly, heedfully, intelligently, judiciously, knowingly,
mindfully, pawkily, providently, prudently, rationally, reasonably,
regardfully, sagaciously, sensibly, shrewdly, smartly,
thoughtfully, understandingly, wisely, with care, with caution