Definition of discretion in English:

discretion

Line breaks: dis|cre¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɪˈskrɛʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1The quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offence or revealing confidential information: she knew she could rely on his discretion I’ll be the soul of discretion
More example sentences
  • The truth is any parent who thinks their child is the soul of discretion on the internet is likely to be wrong.
  • If these people play fair and use discretion and common sense, they shall have my full support.
  • Whoever put them in that group probably hoped discretion and goodwill would make sense of an anomaly.
Synonyms
circumspection, care, carefulness, caution, wariness, chariness, guardedness; tact, tactfulness, diplomacy, delicacy, sensitivity, subtlety, consideration, prudence, judiciousness, judgement, discrimination, sense, good sense, common sense; kid gloves
2The freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation: local authorities should use their discretion in setting the charges honorary fellowships may be awarded at the discretion of the council
More example sentences
  • Rules say bus drivers can use their discretion regarding dogs but they must have a valid reason for refusing.
  • He says he hopes selectors use their discretion and pick him for the event anyway.
  • However, it is entirely at the discretion of local authorities how this is applied.
Synonyms
choice, option, judgement, preference, disposition, volition; pleasure, liking, wish, will, inclination, desire

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'discernment'): via Old French from Latin discretio(n-) 'separation' (in late Latin 'discernment'), from discernere (see discern).

Phrases

discretion is the better part of valour

proverb It’s better to avoid a dangerous situation than to confront it.
More example sentences
  • There are times when discretion is the better part of valour, of course.
  • ‘There's a point at which discretion is the better part of valour with respect to legal disputes,’ he said.
  • My co-worker came from this area, however, and discretion is the better part of valour.

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