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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.
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He said that I have the authority to select any child by using my discretionally powers but these were all mine children and we have to fulfill the dream of Prime Minister Imran Khan of Riasat-e-Madina in which everyone would have equal rights.
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By giving greater rights and responsibilities to affiliates, they can run themselves more discretionally and improve their productivity.
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The only way to get into the waitlist for public housing is through a lottery system that has also been closed in Oakland since 2015, and in any case applicants can still be discretionally screened out due to prior criminal convictions, particularly if drug related.
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