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Discrete or Discreet

Is a Confidante Discrete or Discreet?

Discreet means "tactful, circumspect, judicious, unobtrusive, or modest" and discrete means "distinct, separate, unconnected, or individual."

So a confidante – the keeper of secrets – is discreet.

Use in Sentences

The meeting was held at a discreet location to avoid attention.

The book contained ten discrete stories.


Encarta Dictionary

Merriam-Webster, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discreet

The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition, The University of Chicago Press (2003)

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