- An example of discretion is the ability of a juror to determine a verdict.
- An example of discretion is not talking about politics at family dinners.
- the freedom or authority to make decisions and choices; power to judge or act
- the quality of being discreet, or careful about what one does and says; prudence
- Archaic the action or power of discerning; judgment
Origin of discretionMiddle English discrecioun from Old French discrecion from Classical Latin discretio, separation (in LL, discernment) from discretus: see discreet
at one's discretion
- The quality of being discreet; circumspection: “the almost unknown young man who lived in the upper room … coming and going with discretion” ( Doris Lessing )
- Freedom to act or judge on one's own: All the decisions were left to our discretion.
- 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 )
(usually uncountable, plural discretions)
From Old French discrecion, from Late Latin discretio
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