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Pronunciation:  di'skreshun

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  1. [n]  the trait of judging wisely and objectively; "a man of discernment"
  2. [n]  the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
  3. [n]  knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; "the servants showed great tact and discretion"
  4. [n]  refined taste; tact
  5. [n]  freedom to act or judge on one's own

DISCRETION is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: circumspection, delicacy, discernment, discreetness, free will, prudence
 See Also: appreciation, caution, circumspection, confidentiality, discernment, judgement, judgment, liberty, perceptiveness, power, powerfulness, prudence, sagaciousness, sagacity, self-determination, taste, wisdom, wiseness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis*cre"tion\, n. [F. discr['e]tion, L. discretio
separation, difference, discernment, fr. discernere,
discretum. See {Discreet}, {Discern}.]
1. Disjunction; separation. [Obs.] --Mede.

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

         The better part of valor is discretion. --Shak.

         The greatest parts without discretion may be fatal
         to their owner.                       --Hume.

3. Discrimination.

         Well spoken, with good accent and good discretion.

4. Freedom to act according to one's own judgment;
   unrestrained exercise of choice or will.

{At discretion}, without conditions or stipulations.

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