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Definitions for discernment
dɪˈsɜrn mənt, -ˈzɜrn-dis·cern·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. understanding, apprehension, discernment, savvynoun

    the cognitive condition of someone who understands

    "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"

  2. taste, appreciation, discernment, perceptivenessnoun

    delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

    "arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success"; "to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste"

  3. discernment, perceptivenessnoun

    perception of that which is obscure

  4. sagacity, sagaciousness, judgment, judgement, discernmentnoun

    the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations

  5. discretion, discernmentnoun

    the trait of judging wisely and objectively

    "a man of discernment"


  1. discernmentnoun

    The ability to distinguish; judgement.

  2. discernmentnoun


  3. discernmentnoun

    To distinguish between things.

  4. discernmentnoun

    To perceive differences that exist.

  5. discernmentnoun

    The condition of understanding.

  6. discernmentnoun

    Aesthetic discrimination; taste, appreciation.

  7. discernmentnoun


  8. discernmentnoun

    The ability to make wise judgements; sagacity.

  9. discernmentnoun

    Discretion in judging objectively.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discernmentnoun

    the act of discerning

  2. Discernmentnoun

    the power or faculty of the mind by which it distinguishes one thing from another; power of viewing differences in objects, and their relations and tendencies; penetrative and discriminate mental vision; acuteness; sagacity; insight; as, the errors of youth often proceed from the want of discernment


  1. Discernment

    Discernment is the activity of determining the value and quality of a certain subject or event, particularly the activity of going past the mere perception of something and making detailed judgments about that thing. As a virtue, a discerning individual is considered to possess wisdom, and be of good judgement; especially so with regard to subject matter often overlooked by others.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discernment in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discernment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of discernment in a Sentence


    People who have aged and died with lack of education do not make them less of a person. But for the new generation who are fresh and offered greater education, there is discernment that they can do better and achieve greater heights.

  2. Zhou Ting:

    The Chinese wealthy want to show discernment, their taste, they're constantly searching for the newest experience, something different. Apple can satisfy that.

  3. Samuel Johnson:

    The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things--the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.

  4. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    Christian freedom is found in relationship to Christ himself, not in autonomy or individual independence. Identifying the sources of enslavement today is part of the discernment of spirits which marks our quest for holiness.

  5. Wesley D'Amico:

    Until you have discernment, ignorance will be your main source of wisdom.

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