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1. The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment.
2. Keenness of insight and judgment.
keen perception or judgment
dis•cern•ment(dɪˈsɜrn mənt, -ˈzɜrn-)
1. the faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding.
2. the act or an instance of discerning.
[1580–90; < Middle French]
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|Noun||1.||discernment - the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"|
knowing - a clear and certain mental apprehension
comprehension - an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result); "how you can do that is beyond my comprehension"; "he was famous for his comprehension of American literature"
self-knowledge - an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities
smattering - a slight or superficial understanding of a subject
appreciation, grasp, hold - understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
grasping - understanding with difficulty; "the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"
hindsight - understanding the nature of an event after it has happened; "hindsight is always better than foresight"
|2.||discernment - 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"|
vogue, style, trend - the popular taste at a given time; "leather is the latest vogue"; "he followed current trends"; "the 1920s had a style of their own"
culture - the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
|3.||discernment - perception of that which is obscure|
perception - knowledge gained by perceiving; "a man admired for the depth of his perception"
|4.||discernment - the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations|
eye - good discernment (either visually or as if visually); "she has an eye for fresh talent"; "he has an artist's eye"
common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit, sense - sound practical judgment; "Common sense is not so common"; "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples"; "fortunately she had the good sense to run away"
judiciousness - good judgment
circumspection, discreetness, discretion, prudence - knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; "the servants showed great tact and discretion"
|5.||discernment - the trait of judging wisely and objectively; "a man of discernment"|
prudence - discretion in practical affairs
noun judgment, discrimination, perception, understanding, intelligence, awareness, insight, penetration, ingenuity, sharpness, acumen, cleverness, keenness, shrewdness, perspicacity, sagacity, astuteness, acuteness, perceptiveness, clear-sightedness, percipience their lack of discernment and acceptance of inferior quality