What does discretion mean?

Definitions for discretion
dɪˈskrɛʃ əndis·cre·tion

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. discretion(noun)

    freedom to act or judge on one's own

  2. discretion, discreetness, circumspection, prudence(noun)

    knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress

    "the servants showed great tact and discretion"

  3. delicacy, discretion(noun)

    refined taste; tact

  4. free will, discretion(noun)

    the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies

  5. discretion, discernment(noun)

    the trait of judging wisely and objectively

    "a man of discernment"

Wiktionary

  1. discretion(Noun)

    The quality of being discreet or circumspect

    Bob showed great discretion despite his knowledge of the affair.

  2. discretion(Noun)

    The ability to make wise choices or decisions

  3. discretion(Noun)

    The freedom to make one's own judgements

    I leave that to your discretion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discretion(noun)

    disjunction; separation

    Etymology: [F. discrtion, L. discretio separation, difference, discernment, fr. discernere, discretum. See Discreet, Discern.]

  2. Discretion(noun)

    the quality of being discreet; wise conduct and management; cautious discernment, especially as to matters of propriety and self-control; prudence; circumspection; wariness

    Etymology: [F. discrtion, L. discretio separation, difference, discernment, fr. discernere, discretum. See Discreet, Discern.]

  3. Discretion(noun)

    discrimination

    Etymology: [F. discrtion, L. discretio separation, difference, discernment, fr. discernere, discretum. See Discreet, Discern.]

  4. Discretion(noun)

    freedom to act according to one's own judgment; unrestrained exercise of choice or will

    Etymology: [F. discrtion, L. discretio separation, difference, discernment, fr. discernere, discretum. See Discreet, Discern.]

Freebase

  1. Discretion

    Discretion is a noun in the English language with several meanings revolving around the judgment of the person exercising the characteristic.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discretion

    dis-kresh′un, n. quality of being discreet: prudence: liberty to act at pleasure.—adjs. Discre′tional, Discre′tionary, left to discretion: unrestricted,—advs. Discre′tionally, Discre′tionarily.—Age, Years, of discretion, mature years; At discretion, according to one's own judgment; Be at one's discretion, to be completely under another person's power or control; Surrender at discretion, to surrender unconditionally, that is, to another's discretion. [Through Fr. from L. discretion-em, discernĕre, -crētum.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. DISCRETION

    An instinctive perception that enables us to say, "Oh, shut up!" to the small, weak man, and "I beg your pardon, but I do not entirely agree with your views," to the large, strong one.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. discretion

    To surrender at discretion, implies an unconditional yielding to the mercy of the conquerors.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. discretion

    Se rendre à discrétion, surrendering unconditionally to a victorious enemy.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'discretion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4648

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'discretion' in Nouns Frequency: #1912

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discretion in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discretion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of discretion in a Sentence

  1. Peter Haveles:

    The judge has huge discretion.

  2. Jeremy Warner:

    One of the notable things is that only two of these patients got these drugs as part of a clinical trial. The rest of them were given the drugs off label -- since these drugs are generally available that's at the discretion of the treating provider, but it's still notable, patients with all levels of severity of Covid-19 received these drugs, although certainly the patients that were hospitalized were more likely to receive these drugs.

  3. Charley Wilkison:

    Current Texas law gives the discretion to the officer working the scene to handle it within the guidelines of his/her general order. Current law gives more complete legal authority over police actions at a scene to the trained licensed law enforcement officers.

  4. Cruise Critic McDaniel:

    For the most part, cruise lines are not required to provide much in the form of compensation, though it is at the cruise lines' discretion, and we generally see cruise lines act beyond what is required, by offering seemingly fair compensation for situations like these.

  5. Border Protection chief Mark Morgan:

    Those individuals who do make it to the United States that don't have travel documents... we're going to apply discretion on a case-by-case basis. We're not going to deny somebody solely because they don't have travel documents.

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Translations for discretion

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  • حرية التصرفArabic
  • преценка, благоразумие, усмотрение, дискретностBulgarian
  • možnost se rozhodnout, možnost uvážení, uvážlivost, diskrétnost, soudnost, ohleduplnostCzech
  • pwyllWelsh
  • DiskretionGerman
  • اختیارPersian
  • hienotunteisuus, oma harkinta, tilannetaju, hienovaraisuus, tahdikkuus, harkintakykyFinnish
  • discrétionFrench
  • विवेकHindi
  • riservatezza, discernimento, discrezioneItalian
  • 신중Korean
  • discretieDutch
  • diskresjonNorwegian
  • dyskrecjaPolish
  • discriçãoPortuguese
  • discreție, rezervă, maturitate, libertate de decizieRomanian
  • осмотрительность, усмотрение, прозорливость, [[свобода]] [[действиеRussian
  • omdöme, diskretionSwedish
  • சுயேச்சையானTamil
  • విచక్షణతోTelugu
  • صوابدیدUrdu
  • 慎重Chinese

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