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dɪˈsɜr nɪŋ, -ˈzɜr-dis·cern·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discerning(adj)

    having or revealing keen insight and good judgment

    "a discerning critic"; "a discerning reader"

  2. discerning, discreet(adj)

    unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic

    "a discerning editor"; "a discreet silence"

  3. apprehensive, discerning(adj)

    quick to understand

    "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne

  4. discerning(adj)

    able to make or detect effects of great subtlety; sensitive

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


  1. discerning(Adjective)

    Of keen insight or good judgement; perceptive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discerning

    of Discern

  2. Discerning(adj)

    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. Laozi:

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

  2. Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller:

    In many ways we looked at China little bit too much as a developing market, as opposed to the most discerning consumers in the world.

  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. 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.

  5. Henry W. Fowler:

    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.

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