Definitions for discretiondɪˈskrɛʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•cre•tiondɪˈskrɛʃ ən(n.)

  1. the power to decide or act according to one's own judgment.

  2. the quality of being discreet; prudence or decorum; tactfulness.

Origin of discretion:

1250–1300; < LL discrētiō. See discreet , -ion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. discretion(noun)

    freedom to act or judge on one's own

  2. discretion, discreetness, circumspection, prudence(noun)

    knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress

    "the servants showed great tact and discretion"

  3. delicacy, discretion(noun)

    refined taste; tact

  4. free will, discretion(noun)

    the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies

  5. discretion, discernment(noun)

    the trait of judging wisely and objectively

    "a man of discernment"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. discretion(noun)ɪˈskrɛʃ ən

    ≠ indiscretion

    a man of discretion

  2. discretionɪˈskrɛʃ ən

    the freedom to make your own choices

    to allow people to use their discretion; Tips may be given at the customer's discretion.


  1. discretion(Noun)

    The quality of being discreet or circumspect

    Bob showed great discretion despite his knowledge of the affair.

  2. discretion(Noun)

    The ability to make wise choices or decisions

  3. discretion(Noun)

    The freedom to make one's own judgements

    I leave that to your discretion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discretion(noun)

    disjunction; separation

  2. Discretion(noun)

    the quality of being discreet; wise conduct and management; cautious discernment, especially as to matters of propriety and self-control; prudence; circumspection; wariness

  3. Discretion(noun)


  4. Discretion(noun)

    freedom to act according to one's own judgment; unrestrained exercise of choice or will


  1. Discretion

    Discretion is a noun in the English language with several meanings revolving around the judgment of the person exercising the characteristic.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    An instinctive perception that enables us to say, "Oh, shut up!" to the small, weak man, and "I beg your pardon, but I do not entirely agree with your views," to the large, strong one.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'discretion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4648

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'discretion' in Nouns Frequency: #1912

Anagrams of discretion

  1. directions

Translations for discretion

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary



A secretary needs discretion and tact.

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