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Definition 1: the trait of judging wisely and objectively - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • a man of discernment

Synonyms for discernment in the sense of this definition

(discernment is a kind of ...) the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight

(... is a kind of discernment ) the trait of being circumspect and prudent

(... is a kind of discernment ) discretion in practical affairs

Definition 2: the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for discernment in the sense of this definition

(discernment is a kind of ...) ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight

(... is a kind of discernment ) good discernment (either visually or as if visually)

"she has an eye for fresh talent" "he has an artist's eye"

(... is a kind of discernment ) sound practical judgment

"Common sense is not so common" "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples" "fortunately she had the good sense to run away"

(... is a kind of discernment ) good judgment

(... is a kind of discernment ) knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress

"the servants showed great tact and discretion"

(... is a kind of discernment ) lacking good judgment

Definition 3: the cognitive condition of someone who understands - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect

Synonyms for discernment in the sense of this definition

(discernment is a kind of ...) a clear and certain mental apprehension

(... is a kind of discernment ) an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result)

"how you can do that is beyond my comprehension" "he was famous for his comprehension of American literature"

(... is a kind of discernment ) an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities

(... is a kind of discernment ) a slight or superficial understanding of a subject

(... is a kind of discernment ) understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

"he has a good grasp of accounting practices"

(... is a kind of discernment ) understanding with difficulty

"the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"

(... is a kind of discernment ) understanding the nature of an event after it has happened

"hindsight is always better than foresight"

(... is a kind of discernment ) the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation

(... is a kind of discernment ) coming to understand something clearly and distinctly

"a growing realization of the risk involved" "a sudden recognition of the problem he faced" "increasing recognition that diabetes frequently coexists with other chronic diseases"

Definition 4: perception of that which is obscure - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for discernment in the sense of this definition

(discernment is a kind of ...) knowledge gained by perceiving

"a man admired for the depth of his perception"

Definition 5: delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values) - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success
  • to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste

Synonyms for discernment in the sense of this definition

(discernment is a kind of ...) the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

(... is a kind of discernment ) love of or taste for fine objects of art

(... is a kind of discernment ) the popular taste at a given time

"leather is the latest vogue" "he followed current trends" "the 1920s had a style of their own"

(... is a kind of discernment ) refined taste; tact

(... is a kind of discernment ) the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group

(... are attributes of discernment) having or showing or conforming to good taste

(... are attributes of discernment) lacking aesthetic or social taste

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