Discretion Dis*cre"tion, n. [F. discr['e]tion, L. discretio separation, difference, discernment, fr. discernere, discretum. See {Discreet}, {Discern}.] 1. Disjunction; separation. [Obs.] --Mede. [1913 Webster]

2. The quality of being discreet; wise conduct and management; cautious discernment, especially as to matters of propriety and self-control; prudence; circumspection; wariness. [1913 Webster]

The better part of valor is discretion. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The greatest parts without discretion may be fatal to their owner. --Hume. [1913 Webster]

3. Discrimination. [1913 Webster]

Well spoken, with good accent and good discretion. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Freedom to act according to one's own judgment; unrestrained exercise of choice or will. [1913 Webster]

{At discretion}, without conditions or stipulations. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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