Definitions for: Discretion


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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;
wariness.

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.
--Shak.

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

At discretion, without conditions or stipulations.

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

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