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Definition 1: having or revealing keen insight and good judgment - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where discerning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a discerning critic
  • a discerning reader

(discerning is similar to ...) characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving

"clear mind" "a percipient author"

(discerning is similar to ...) mentally acute or penetratingly discerning

"too clear-eyed not to see what problems would follow" "chaos could be prevented only by clear-sighted leadership" "much too perspicacious to be taken in by so spurious an argument"

(discerning is similar to ...) perceiving the significance of events before they occur

"extraordinarily prescient memoranda on the probable course of postwar relations"

(means also ...) characterized by careful evaluation and judgment

"a critical reading" "a critical dissertation" "a critical analysis of Melville's writings"

(means also ...) showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste

"the discriminating eye of the connoisseur"

Definition 2: able to make or detect effects of great subtlety; sensitive - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where discerning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • discerning taste
  • a discerning eye for color

(discerning is similar to ...) showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste

"the discriminating eye of the connoisseur"

Definition 3: quick to understand - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where discerning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a kind and apprehensive friend

Synonyms for discerning in the sense of this definition

(discerning is similar to ...) having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment

"a perceptive eye" "a perceptive observation"

Definition 4: unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where discerning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a discerning editor
  • a discreet silence

Synonyms for discerning in the sense of this definition

(discerning is similar to ...) having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others

"she was tactful enough not to shatter his illusion" "a tactful remark eased her embarrassment"

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