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

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

  • a man of discernment

Synonyms for discretion in the sense of this definition

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

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

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

Definition 2: the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for discretion in the sense of this definition

(discretion is a kind of ...) possession of controlling influence

"the deterrent power of nuclear weapons" "the power of his love saved her" "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"

(... is a kind of discretion ) determination of one's own fate or course of action without compulsion

Definition 3: knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • the servants showed great tact and discretion

Synonyms for discretion in the sense of this definition

(discretion is a kind of ...) the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations

(... is a kind of discretion ) discretion in keeping secret information

Definition 4: refined taste; tact - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for discretion in the sense of this definition

(discretion is a kind of ...) delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

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

Definition 5: freedom to act or judge on one's own - [noun denoting state]

(discretion is a kind of ...) freedom of choice

"liberty of opinion" "liberty of worship" "liberty--perfect liberty--to think or feel or do just as one pleases" "at liberty to choose whatever occupation one wishes"

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