What does discernment mean?

Definitions for discernmentdɪˈsɜrn mənt, -ˈzɜrn-

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. understanding, apprehension, discernment, savvy(noun)

    the cognitive condition of someone who understands

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

  2. taste, appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness(noun)

    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, perceptiveness(noun)

    perception of that which is obscure

  4. sagacity, sagaciousness, judgment, judgement, discernment(noun)

    the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations

  5. discretion, discernment(noun)

    the trait of judging wisely and objectively

    "a man of discernment"


  1. discernment(Noun)

    The ability to distinguish; judgement.

  2. discernment(Noun)


  3. discernment(Noun)

    To distinguish between things.

  4. discernment(Noun)

    To perceive differences that exist.

  5. discernment(Noun)

    The condition of understanding.

  6. discernment(Noun)

    Aesthetic discrimination; taste, appreciation.

  7. discernment(Noun)


  8. discernment(Noun)

    The ability to make wise judgements; sagacity.

  9. discernment(Noun)

    Discretion in judging objectively.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discernment(noun)

    the act of discerning

  2. Discernment(noun)

    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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Ferdinand Foch:

    The fundamental qualities for good execution of a plan is first; intelligence; then discernment and judgment, which enable one to recognize the best method as to attain it; the singleness of purpose; and, lastly, what is most essential of all, will-stubborn will.

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