Adjective "indiscreet" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having, showing, or proceeding from too great a readiness to reveal things that should remain private or secret.
  1. 'In the ordinary course of events, to hold a wedding ceremony is a purely private matter that admits of no indiscreet remarks from other people.'
  2. 'However, it is irresponsible for them to show such an indiscreet attitude to curry favor with voters.'
  3. 'That was indiscreet, but you'd have to be very naïve not to imagine that there are a lot of implicit quid pro quos out there.'
  4. 'He wasn't misunderstood, he didn't just make some indiscreet comment without thinking.'
  5. 'Two strangers stand waiting at a bus stop, awkwardly failing in their attempts to cast indiscreet glances at one another.'
  6. 'I hadn't even paid much attention to him - until one afternoon, when someone told me a highly indiscreet story involving him and another boy.'
  7. 'The remarks, although indiscreet, were far less damaging than those that had been publicised in rival papers through the week.'
  8. 'This could have meant he was worried about being indiscreet, or it could have meant he was late for a meeting or something else.'
  9. 'Unfortunately, I probably know a little bit too much about it, and I really don't want to be indiscreet.'
  10. 'I asked her if that was what she had meant by private, but not indiscreet.'


1. not discreet; lacking prudence, good judgment, or circumspection: an indiscreet remark.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be indiscreet."

"remarks can be indiscreet."

"questions can be indiscreet."

"letters can be indiscreet."

"speeches can be indiscreet."

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Late Middle English (originally as indiscrete in the sense ‘lacking discernment or judgement’): from late Latin indiscretus ‘not separate or distinguishable’ (in medieval Latin ‘careless, indiscreet’), from in- ‘not’ + discretus ‘separate’ (see discreet). Compare with indiscrete.