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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. refined taste; tact Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the trait of judging wisely and objectively; "a man of discernment" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. freedom to act or judge on one's own Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. Discrimination. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Disjunction; separation. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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
  9. Freedom to act according to one's own judgment; unrestrained exercise of choice or will. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Prudence; judgment; caution; skill. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Quality of being discreet: prudence: liberty to act at pleasure. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Prudence; freedom to act at will. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. Cautious and correct judgment; prudence; sagacity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Freedom of judgment and action. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. See discreet. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. dis-kresh'un, n. quality of being discreet: prudence: liberty to act at pleasure.--adjs. DISCRE'TIONAL, DISCRE'TIONARY, left to discretion: unrestricted,--advs. DISCRE'TIONALLY, DISCRE'TIONARILY.--AGE, YEARS, OF DISCRETION, mature years; AT DISCRETION, according to one's own judgment; BE AT ONE'S DISCRETION, to be completely under another person's power or control; SURRENDER AT DISCRETION, to surrender unconditionally, that is, to another's discretion. [Through Fr. from L. discretion-em, discern[)e]re, -cr[=e]tum.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. Liberty of deciding as one thinks fit, absolutely or within limits (it is within one\'s d. to; at the d. of, to be settled or disposed of by the will of; at d., at one\'s own pleasure; surrender at d., unconditionally), whence discretionary a.; discernment, prudence, judgment, (years, age, of d., time at which one is fit to manage himself- in Eng. law, 14). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. d. is the better part of valour (used as facet. excuse for cowardice, see Shaksp. 1 Hen. IV. v. iv. 121). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  21. n. [Latin] Prudence; sagacity; wise management; power of ordering wisely one’s conduct or affairs;—liberty to act according to one’s judgment; uncontrolled or unconditional freedom of action;—disjunction; separation. Cabinet Dictionary
  22. Prudence, knowledge to govern or direct one's self; liberty of acting at pleasure, uncontrolled and unconditional power. Complete Dictionary
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