What does discretion mean?

Definitions for discretion
dɪˈskrɛʃ əndis·cre·tion

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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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How to say discretion in sign language?

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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. Robbie Abell:

    The questions he was asking were not the normal questions a normal person would be asking. If something is suspicious, it’s our discretion, we are the gatekeeper. Federal investigators say that in the week before he murdered dozens people and wounded more than 50 others at the Pulse nighclub in Orlando, Mateen visited another gun shop, where he purchased a pistol and a.223 SIG Sauer semiautomatic rifle. Authorities are still trying to determine the motives behind the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The Justice Department released the full transcript of Mateen’s 911 call on the night of the massacre Monday. In his 50-second call to police he claimed responsibility for the terror attack and pledged allegiance to Islamic State’s leader. The summary shows that Mateen told negotiators he had a vehicle outside that has some bombs. Just to let you know. You people are gon na get it, and I'm gon na ignite it if they try to do anything stupid. Mateen claimed he had an explosive vest similar to the kind used by terrorists in France, referencing the November terror attack in Paris. In the next few days, you're going to see more of this type of action going on, Mateen said. He also reportedly told hostages that he would put suicide vests on them. No explosives were ever found on Mateen inside the club or in any vehicles outside. Mateen was armed with two guns during the rampage. Despite claims by the administration and law enforcement officials that ISIS did not direct Mateen to carry out the attack, Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday used the massacre as an example of why the terror group must be defeated.

  2. Hugues Duval:

    We crossed the Channel before Airbus. The only way I could do this was to hide and do it with the utmost discretion.

  3. Carrie Severino:

    This President has been brazen about his willingness to take action that is normally reserved to Congress, the fact that the Court added the constitutional question means that some justices recognized that this is not a run of the mill act of prosecutorial discretion, but a novel and controversial power grab.

  4. Josh Blackman:

    The court has the potential to make a broad statement on President Obama's unprecedented use of prosecutorial discretion in order to re-write laws he does not like.

  5. Donald Trump:

    If the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions taken by Mexico, to be determined in our sole discretion and judgment, the tariffs will be removed.

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Translations for discretion

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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