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Meaning & Definition of Discernment in English

English

Discernment

/dɪsərnmənt/

noun

1. The cognitive condition of someone who understands

  • "He has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
    synonym:
  • understanding
  • ,
  • apprehension
  • ,
  • discernment
  • ,
  • savvy

2. Delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

  • "Arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success"
  • "To ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste"
    synonym:
  • taste
  • ,
  • appreciation
  • ,
  • discernment
  • ,
  • perceptiveness

3. Perception of that which is obscure

    synonym:
  • discernment
  • ,
  • perceptiveness

4. The mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations

    synonym:
  • sagacity
  • ,
  • sagaciousness
  • ,
  • judgment
  • ,
  • judgement
  • ,
  • discernment

5. The trait of judging wisely and objectively

  • "A man of discernment"
    synonym:
  • discretion
  • ,
  • discernment