- Discretion is defined as the right of someone to make choices or the quality of someone who is careful about what they do or say.
- 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.
discretion definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English discrecioun ; from Old French discrecion ; from Classical Latin discretio, separation (in Late Latin discernment) ; from discretus: see discreet
discretion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The quality of being discreet; circumspection. See Synonyms at prudence.
- Ability or power to decide responsibly.
- Freedom to act or judge on one's own: All the decisions were left to our discretion.
- dis·creˈtion·al adjective
- dis·creˈtion·al·ly adverb
discretion - Legal Definition
discretion - Phrases/Idioms
at one's discretion