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Meaning & Definition of Discretion in English

English

Discretion

/dɪskrɛʃən/

noun

1. Freedom to act or judge on one's own

    synonym:
  • discretion

2. Knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress

  • "The servants showed great tact and discretion"
    synonym:
  • discretion
  • ,
  • discreetness
  • ,
  • circumspection
  • ,
  • prudence

3. Refined taste

  • Tact
    synonym:
  • delicacy
  • ,
  • discretion

4. The power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies

    synonym:
  • free will
  • ,
  • discretion

5. The trait of judging wisely and objectively

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

Examples of using

He who makes noises while the ship is sailing, making people unable to hear orders, will be fined at the discretion of the captain.