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Meaning & Definition of Discerning in English

English

Discerning

/dɪsərnɪŋ/

adjective

1. Having or revealing keen insight and good judgment

  • "A discerning critic"
  • "A discerning reader"
    synonym:
  • discerning

2. Unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic

  • "A discerning editor"
  • "A discreet silence"
    synonym:
  • discerning
  • ,
  • discreet

3. Quick to understand

  • "A kind and apprehensive friend"- nathaniel hawthorne
    synonym:
  • apprehensive
  • ,
  • discerning

4. Able to make or detect effects of great subtlety

  • Sensitive
  • "Discerning taste"
  • "A discerning eye for color"
    synonym:
  • discerning

Examples of using

Sarah was discerning enough to realize that her friends were trying to prank her.