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dɪˈsɜr nɪŋ, -ˈzɜr-dis·cern·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discerningadjective

    having or revealing keen insight and good judgment

    "a discerning critic"; "a discerning reader"

  2. discerning, discreetadjective

    unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic

    "a discerning editor"; "a discreet silence"

  3. apprehensive, discerningadjective

    quick to understand

    "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne

  4. discerningadjective

    able to make or detect effects of great subtlety; sensitive

    "discerning taste"; "a discerning eye for color"


  1. discerningadjective

    Of keen insight or good judgement; perceptive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discerning

    of Discern

  2. Discerningadjective

    acute; shrewd; sagacious; sharp-sighted


  1. Discerning

    Showing good judgment and understanding.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discerning in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discerning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of discerning in a Sentence

  1. Mo Brooks:

    The president understands that we have a lot of RINO Republicans who may speak kindly to him in his presence, but stab him in the back when he doesn't see it. And he's learned a lot from his four years in the presidency, the president is doing a much better job of discerning who really does support the MAGA agenda and who just mouths those words but doesn't mean it and won't do it if elected.

  2. Henry W. Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926):

    Quotation ... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read. Quotations due to the last motive are invariably ill-advised; the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous; the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium.

  3. Peter Flaherty:

    Everything in Uzbekistan is political, so I wouldn’t put a lot of faith in the criminal justice system, but it seems like the Clintons still are not very discerning about who they associate with.

  4. Laozi:

    He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is intelligent...

  5. Sylvia Jablonski:

    Synovus Trust Morgan didn't have to be discerning with tech before since it has been doing so well for the past decade. But now, people have to look at the various valuations and how each company is doing.

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    the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
    • A. odometer
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