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Definitions of discretion

  1. knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; "the servants showed great tact and discretion" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. freedom to act or judge on one's own Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. Disjunction; separation. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The quality of being discreet; wise conduct and management; cautious discernment, especially as to matters of propriety and self-control; prudence; circumspection; wariness. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Freedom to act according to one's own judgment; unrestrained exercise of choice or will. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Prudence; judgment; caution; skill. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Prudence; freedom to act at will. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Cautious and correct judgment; prudence; sagacity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Freedom of judgment and action. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Management; that discernment which enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper to do, united with caution; nice discernment and judgment; liberty or power of acting without other control than one's own judgment. To surrender at discretion, to surrender without stipulation or terms at the mercy of the conqueror. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Wise conduct and management; liberty or power of acting without control; unconditional power over, as at discretion. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. See discreet. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for discretion

  1. De Guiche is discretion itself, Madame. – Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  2. They were that the old practice made it a matter of right to claim a special hearing on a law point, while the new order would leave it to the discretion of the judge. – The American Judiciary by Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD
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