Definition of discernment in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈsərnmənt/


1The ability to judge well: an astonishing lack of discernment
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  • They possess capacities for discernment and the ability to decide what is in their best interest.
  • We might have been adolescent girls, but we were also intelligent young women with discernment and judgement.
  • In other words, dawning the robes of a preacher didn't imbue you with wisdom, intelligence and discernment.
2(In Christian contexts) perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding: without providing for a time of healing and discernment, there will be no hope of living through this present moment without a shattering of our common life
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  • Other congregations enter this circle of grace through other Christian practices: discernment, testimony, healing, or peacemaking.
  • Or they may represent a mixture of historical recollection and spiritual discernment, as in many of the stories of the Bible.
  • By the time of his death, he would push questions of spiritual discernment perhaps further than any other contemporary saint.

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Syllabification: dis·cern·ment

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