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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"

Wiktionary

  1. discerning(Adjective)

    Of keen insight or good judgement; perceptive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discerning

    of Discern

  2. Discerning(adj)

    acute; shrewd; sagacious; sharp-sighted

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  1. Discerning

    Showing good judgment and understanding.

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Numerology

  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. Ben Branson:

    In this day and age when we're more discerning and we've a bit more choice... you want something that's full of flavor, that's quality and that doesn't make you feel like a child.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

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