The definition of discerning is showing good judgment or good taste.
An example of discerning is someone who always picks the best tasting wines on the wine list.
Exhibiting keen insight and good judgment; perceptive.
- Present participle of discern.
(comparative more discerning, superlative most discerning)
- It's nice to meet someone with such a discerning eye.
- Jackson had developed quite a discerning palate over the years.
- Confessing his inexperience, the king prayed for a discerning heart, and was rewarded with the gift of wisdom together with riches and military glory.
- Spencer, however, considers that he can not only anticipate such a state of complete adjustment, but even lay down the rules obtaining in it, which will constitute the code of "Absolute Ethics" and the standard for discerning the "least wrong" actions of relative ethics.
- He supported Peel in his Corn-Law legislation, and throughout all this later period of his life, whether in office or in opposition, gained the admiration of discerning men, and excited the wonder of zealots, by his habitual subordination of party spirit and party connexion to whatever appeared to him the real interest of the nation.