Definitions for discernmentdɪˈsɜrn mənt, -ˈzɜrn-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
dis•cern•mentdɪˈsɜrn mənt, -ˈzɜrn-(n.)
the faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding.
the act or an instance of discerning.
Origin of discernment:
1580–90; < MF
understanding, apprehension, discernment, savvy(noun)
the cognitive condition of someone who understands
"he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
taste, appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness(noun)
delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
"arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success"; "to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste"
perception of that which is obscure
sagacity, sagaciousness, judgment, judgement, discernment(noun)
the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
the trait of judging wisely and objectively
"a man of discernment"
The ability to distinguish; judgement.
To distinguish between things.
To perceive differences that exist.
The condition of understanding.
Aesthetic discrimination; taste, appreciation.
The ability to make wise judgements; sagacity.
Discretion in judging objectively.
the act of discerning
the power or faculty of the mind by which it distinguishes one thing from another; power of viewing differences in objects, and their relations and tendencies; penetrative and discriminate mental vision; acuteness; sagacity; insight; as, the errors of youth often proceed from the want of discernment