Definition of Discretion

1. Noun. Freedom to act or judge on one's own.

Generic synonyms: Liberty
Derivative terms: Discretionary

2. Noun. Knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress. "The servants showed great tact and discretion"
Exact synonyms: Circumspection, Discreetness, Prudence
Generic synonyms: Discernment, Judgement, Judgment, Sagaciousness, Sagacity
Specialized synonyms: Confidentiality
Derivative terms: Discreet, Prudent

3. Noun. Refined taste; tact.
Exact synonyms: Delicacy
Generic synonyms: Appreciation, Discernment, Perceptiveness, Taste

4. Noun. The power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies.
Exact synonyms: Free Will
Generic synonyms: Power, Powerfulness
Specialized synonyms: Self-determination
Derivative terms: Discretionary

5. Noun. The trait of judging wisely and objectively. "A man of discernment"
Exact synonyms: Discernment
Generic synonyms: Wisdom, Wiseness
Specialized synonyms: Caution, Circumspection, Prudence

Definition of Discretion

1. n. Disjunction; separation.

Definition of Discretion

1. Noun. The quality of being discreet or circumspect ¹

2. Noun. The ability to make wise choices or decisions ¹

3. Noun. The freedom to make one's own judgements ¹

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Definition of Discretion

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Discretion

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discrete random variable
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discrete time model
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discretion (current term)
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discretionary fiscal policy
discretionary trust

Literary usage of Discretion

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1921)
"... range of discretion; that it was sufficient to satisfy the demands of tue Constitution if the classification were practical and not palpably arbitrary. ..."

2. The English Reader: Or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry : Selected from the Best by Lindley Murray (1821)
"This sort of discretion, however, has no place in private conversation between intimate friends. 2. On such occasions, the wisest men very often talk like ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"We have seen that whatever discretion is given by the will to the testator's ... That discretion does not involve the right to choose •whether a provision ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1845)
"JUDICIAL discretion of Commissioners of Bankruptcy as to the Certificate not subject to control. Bankrupt's Certificate sent back for the purpose of letting ..."

5. A Treatise on Criminal Pleading and Practice by Francis Wharton (1889)
"Three theories have been propounded as to the discretion of the judge in criminal ... The offence is defined by statute, and the discretion of the judge is ..."

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