What does discretion mean?

Definitions for discretiondɪˈskrɛʃ ən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word discretion.

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"

Wiktionary

  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)

    discrimination

  4. Discretion(noun)

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

  5. Origin: [F. discrtion, L. discretio separation, difference, discernment, fr. discernere, discretum. See Discreet, Discern.]

Freebase

  1. Discretion

    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

  1. Discretion

    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

  1. DISCRETION

    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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discretion in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discretion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Francis Bacon:

    Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.

  2. Anonymous:

    Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice.

  3. La Bruyere:

    Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.

  4. John Taylor:

    Uncertainty exists in the real world; you can't ignore it whether you use rules or discretion.

  5. Philip Roth:

    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
  • pwyllWelsh
  • DiskretionGerman
  • hienotunteisuus, oma harkinta, tilannetaju, hienovaraisuus, tahdikkuus, harkintakykyFinnish
  • discrétionFrench
  • विवेकHindi
  • riservatezza, discernimento, discrezioneItalian
  • 신중Korean
  • discretieDutch
  • diskresjonNorwegian
  • dyskrecjaPolish
  • discriçãoPortuguese
  • discreție, rezervă, maturitate, libertate de decizieRomanian
  • осмотрительность, усмотрение, прозорливость, [[свобода]] [[действиеRussian
  • omdöme, diskretionSwedish
  • 慎重Chinese

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