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dis·cre·tion

 (dĭ-skrĕsh′ən)
n.
1. The quality of being discreet; circumspection: "the almost unknown young man who lived in the upper room ... coming and going with discretion" (Doris Lessing).
2. Freedom to act or judge on one's own: All the decisions were left to our discretion.
3. Archaic The ability or power to discern what is responsible or socially appropriate: "She had even condescended to advise him to marry as soon as he could, provided he chose with discretion" (Jane Austen).

dis·cre′tion·al adj.
dis·cre′tion·al·ly adv.

discretion

(dɪˈskrɛʃən)
n
1. the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid social embarrassment or distress
2. freedom or authority to make judgments and to act as one sees fit (esp in the phrases at one's own discretion, at the discretion of)
3. age of discretion years of discretion the age at which a person is considered to be able to manage his or her own affairs

dis•cre•tion

(dɪˈskrɛʃ ən)

n.
1. the power to decide or act according to one's own judgment.
2. the quality of being discreet; prudence or decorum; tactfulness.
[1250–1300; < Late Latin discrētiō. See discreet, -ion]

Discretion

 of priests: priests collectivelyBk. of St. Albans, 1486.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.discretion - freedom to act or judge on one's own
liberty - freedom of choice; "liberty of opinion"; "liberty of worship"; "liberty--perfect liberty--to think or feel or do just as one pleases"; "at liberty to choose whatever occupation one wishes"
2.discretion - knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; "the servants showed great tact and discretion"
sagaciousness, sagacity, discernment, judgement, judgment - the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
confidentiality - discretion in keeping secret information
3.discretion - refined taste; tact
appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness, taste - 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"
4.discretion - the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
power, powerfulness - possession of controlling influence; "the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"; "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"
self-determination - determination of one's own fate or course of action without compulsion
5.discretion - the trait of judging wisely and objectively; "a man of discernment"
wisdom, wiseness - the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
circumspection, caution - the trait of being circumspect and prudent
prudence - discretion in practical affairs

discretion

noun
2. choice, will, wish, liking, mind, option, pleasure, preference, inclination, disposition, predilection, volition She was given the money to use at her own discretion.
Proverbs
"Discretion is the better part of valour"

discretion

noun
1. The exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters:
2. Unrestricted freedom to choose:
Translations
تَعَقُّلتَعَقُّل، حَذَر، حَصافَهحُرِّيَّةِ التَّصَرُّف
diskrétnostúsudekuvážení
diskretionkonduite
tahdikkuustilannetajuharkintakykyhienotunteisuushienovaraisuus
diskrecija
dómgreind, ákvörîunarvaldòagmælska
分別
자유 재량
diskrétnosťzváženie
diskretion
การใช้ดุลยพินิจ
ağzı sıkılıkdikkatihtiyatsağduyutakdir edebilme yeteneği
sự thận trọng

discretion

[dɪsˈkreʃən] N
1. (= tact) → discreción f
discretion is the better part of valouruna retirada a tiempo es una victoria
2. (= judgment) → criterio m, juicio m
use your own discretionusa tu propio criterio or juicio
I will leave it to your discretionte lo dejaré a tu criterio or juicio
at the discretion of the judgea discreción or a criterio del juez
the age of discretion(la edad de) la madurez

discretion

[dɪˈskrɛʃən] n
(= authority) → discrétion f
to have the discretion to do sth → avoir la compétence de faire qch
to exercise one's discretion to do sth → user de sa compétence pour faire qch
at the discretion of sb, at sb's discretion → à la discrétion de qn
(= judgement) to use one's discretion → s'en remettre à son propre jugement
to use one's own discretion to decide → s'en remettre à son propre jugement pour trancher
Use your own discretion
BUT À vous de juger.
(= tact, discreet behaviour) → discrétion f
discretion is the better part of valour → prudence est mère de sûreté

discretion

n
Diskretion f; discretion is the better part of valour (Brit Prov) → Vorsicht ist die Mutter der Porzellankiste (inf)
(= freedom of decision)Ermessen nt; to leave something to somebody’s discretionetw in jds Ermessen (acc)stellen; use your own discretionSie müssen nach eigenem Ermessen handeln; to be at somebody’s discretionin jds Ermessen (dat)stehen; to do something at one’s discretionetw nach eigenem Ermessen tun

discretion

[dɪsˈkrɛʃn] ndiscrezione f
at your/his discretion → a tua/sua discrezione
use your own discretion → giudica tu

discreet

(diˈskriːt) adjective
wise, cautious and not saying anything which might cause trouble. My secretary won't let the secret out – she's very discreet.
diˈscreetness noun
diˈscretion (-ˈskre-) noun
1. discreetness. A secretary needs discretion and tact.
2. personal judgement. I leave the arrangements entirely to your discretion; The money will be distributed at the discretion of the management.

discretion

تَعَقُّل diskrétnost diskretion Diskretion διακριτικότητα discreción tahdikkuus discrétion diskrecija discrezione 分別 자유 재량 discretie diskresjon dyskrecja discrição благоразумие diskretion การใช้ดุลยพินิจ sağduyu sự thận trọng 谨慎

discretion

n. discreción, prudencia; acuerdo.
References in classic literature ?
And here it is to be noted that a prince ought to take care never to make an alliance with one more powerful than himself for the purposes of attacking others, unless necessity compels him, as is said above; because if he conquers you are at his discretion, and princes ought to avoid as much as possible being at the discretion of any one.
It may display the subtlety of the writer; it may open a boundless field for rhetoric and declamation; it may inflame the passions of the unthinking, and may confirm the prejudices of the misthinking: but cool and candid people will at once reflect, that the purest of human blessings must have a portion of alloy in them; that the choice must always be made, if not of the lesser evil, at least of the GREATER, not the PERFECT, good; and that in every political institution, a power to advance the public happiness involves a discretion which may be misapplied and abused.
If a federal Constitution could chain the ambition or set bounds to the exertions of all other nations, then indeed might it prudently chain the discretion of its own government, and set bounds to the exertions for its own safety.
I assure you, madam, that I had not intended to disclose my affection," the Engaging Gentleman humbly explained, "but the power of your beauty has overcome my discretion.
Except as to the rule of appointment, the United States has an indefinite discretion to make requisitions for men and money; but they have no authority to raise either, by regulations extending to the individual citizens of America.
The same process must be repeated in every member of which the body is constituted; and the execution of the plans, framed by the councils of the whole, will always fluctuate on the discretion of the ill-informed and prejudiced opinion of every part.
Come, my son, let us go look for some place where I may hide, while thou dost return, as thou sayest, to seek, and speak with my lady, from whose discretion and courtesy I look for favours more than miraculous.
The tact which I find here, the discretion, the rare courage, the wonderful power of memory, the accurate observation of character, the easy grace of style, the charming outbursts of womanly feeling, have all inexpressibly increased my admiration of this sublime creature, of this magnificent Marian.
as it was; for, by this time, such a feeling existed in our extreme cote gauche, that it may be questioned if the handkerchiefs of that end of the piece would have behaved themselves in the wardrobe of the dauphine with the discretion and prudence that are expected from every thing around the person of a princess of her exalted rank and excellent character.
I feel sure that I can trust your discretion, sir, so far?
Now Joe Goose and Nelson had learned discretion with straight whisky, drunk in quantity.
For quarrels, they are with care and discretion to be avoided.