Definitions for discretion
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word discretion.
freedom to act or judge on one's own
discretion, discreetness, circumspection, prudencenoun
knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
"the servants showed great tact and discretion"
refined taste; tact
free will, discretionnoun
the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
the trait of judging wisely and objectively
"a man of discernment"
The quality of being discreet or circumspect
Bob showed great discretion despite his knowledge of the affair.
The ability to make wise choices or decisions
The freedom to make one's own judgements
I leave that to your discretion.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from discretio, Latin.
Nothing then was further thought upon for the manner of governing; but all permitted unto their wisdom and discretion which were to rule. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 10.
A knife may be taken away from a child, without depriving them of the benefits thereof, which have years and discretion to use it. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 12.
It is not good that children should know any wickedness: old folks, you know, have discretion, as they say, and know the world. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.
All this was order’d by the good discretion
Of the right reverend cardinal of York. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.
The pleasure of commanding our passions is to be preferred before any sensual pleasure; because it is the pleasure of wisdom and discretion. John Tillotson.
But care in poetry must still be had,
It asks discretion, ev’n in running mad. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Crit.
There is no talent so useful towards rising in the world, or which puts men more out of the reach of fortune than discretion, a species of lower prudence. Jonathan Swift.
Discretion has the meaning of acting on one's own authority and judgment. In law, discretion as to legal rulings, such as whether evidence is excluded at a trial, may be exercised by a judge. Some view discretion negatively, while some view it positively. Discretion exists at all levels of law enforcement and in many types of front-line bureaucrats. Discretion has been called "the Art of suiting the action to particular circumstances" (Lord Scarman). Those in a position of power are most often able to exercise discretion as to how they will apply or exercise that power. The ability to make decisions which represent a responsible choice and for which an understanding of what is lawful, right or wise may be presupposed.
Discretion is the ability to make sound judgments or decisions based on careful consideration of various factors, while keeping certain information, actions, or opinions confidential or private as deemed appropriate. It involves exercising caution and prudence to take appropriate actions or refrain from revealing certain things in order to respect privacy, maintain confidentiality, avoid causing harm, or maintain professional integrity.
the quality of being discreet; wise conduct and management; cautious discernment, especially as to matters of propriety and self-control; prudence; circumspection; wariness
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.]
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
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
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
To surrender at discretion, implies an unconditional yielding to the mercy of the conquerors.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
Se rendre à discrétion, surrendering unconditionally to a victorious enemy.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'discretion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4648
Rank popularity for the word 'discretion' in Nouns Frequency: #1912
The numerical value of discretion in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of discretion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
But it is always better if school administrators use good judgment and discretion, that's how we end up not having to hear a case of a kindergartner who brought a little paring knife to school suddenly being recommended for expulsion for bringing a weapon to school.
The Obama administration claims that it is using ‘prosecutorial discretion’ to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens from this country, but this report shows the disturbing truth: 1,000 undocumented aliens previously convicted of crimes who the administration released in 2013 have gone on to commit further crimes in our communities.
I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion.
I worry about future administrations, now there's bad precedent, and not every executive branch in the future will exercise their discretion the way this one did. It didn't have to go this way.
Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
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Translations for discretion
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- حرية التصرفArabic
- преценка, благоразумие, усмотрение, дискретностBulgarian
- možnost uvážení, soudnost, ohleduplnost, diskrétnost, uvážlivost, možnost se rozhodnoutCzech
- hienotunteisuus, tahdikkuus, harkintakyky, hienovaraisuus, tilannetaju, oma harkintaFinnish
- riservatezza, discrezione, discernimentoItalian
- maturitate, libertate de decizie, rezervă, discrețieRomanian
- [[свобода]] [[действие, прозорливость, усмотрение, осмотрительностьRussian
- omdöme, diskretionSwedish
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