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