freedom to act or judge on one's own
discretion, discreetness, circumspection, prudence(noun)
knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
"the servants showed great tact and discretion"
refined taste; tact
free will, discretion(noun)
the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
the trait of judging wisely and objectively
"a man of discernment"
The quality of being discreet or circumspect
Bob showed great discretion despite his knowledge of the affair.
The ability to make wise choices or decisions
The freedom to make one's own judgements
I leave that to your discretion.
the quality of being discreet; wise conduct and management; cautious discernment, especially as to matters of propriety and self-control; prudence; circumspection; wariness
freedom to act according to one's own judgment; unrestrained exercise of choice or will
Origin: [F. discrtion, L. discretio separation, difference, discernment, fr. discernere, discretum. See Discreet, Discern.]
Discretion is a noun in the English language with several meanings revolving around the judgment of the person exercising the characteristic.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dis-kresh′un, n. quality of being discreet: prudence: liberty to act at pleasure.—adjs. Discre′tional, Discre′tionary, left to discretion: unrestricted,—advs. Discre′tionally, Discre′tionarily.—Age, Years, of discretion, mature years; At discretion, according to one's own judgment; Be at one's discretion, to be completely under another person's power or control; Surrender at discretion, to surrender unconditionally, that is, to another's discretion. [Through Fr. from L. discretion-em, discernĕre, -crētum.]
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'discretion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4648
Rank popularity for the word 'discretion' in Nouns Frequency: #1912
The numerical value of discretion in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of discretion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.
Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice.
Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
Uncertainty exists in the real world; you can't ignore it whether you use rules or discretion.
I cannot and do not live in the world of discretion, not as a writer, anyway. I would prefer to, I assure you -- it would make life easier. But discretion is, unfortunately, not for novelists.
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Translations for discretion
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- حرية التصرفArabic
- преценка, благоразумие, усмотрение, дискретностBulgarian
- možnost se rozhodnout, možnost uvážení, uvážlivost, diskrétnost, soudnost, ohleduplnostCzech
- hienotunteisuus, oma harkinta, tilannetaju, hienovaraisuus, tahdikkuus, harkintakykyFinnish
- riservatezza, discernimento, discrezioneItalian
- discreție, rezervă, maturitate, libertate de decizieRomanian
- осмотрительность, усмотрение, прозорливость, [[свобода]] [[действиеRussian
- omdöme, diskretionSwedish
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