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discreetness


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discreet  \Dis*creet"\,  a.  [Compar.  {Discreeter};  superl. 
  {Discreetest}.]  [F.  discret,  L.  discretus  separated  (whence 
  the  meaning  reserved,  prudent),  p.  p.  of  discernere.  See 
  {Discern},  and  cf  {Discrete}.] 
  1.  Possessed  of  discernment,  especially  in  avoiding  error  or 
  evil,  and  in  the  adaptation  of  means  to  ends  prudent; 
  sagacious;  judicious;  not  rash  or  heedless;  cautious. 
 
  It  is  the  discreet  man,  not  the  witty,  nor  the 
  learned,  nor  the  brave,  who  guides  the  conversation, 
  and  gives  measures  to  society.  --Addison. 
 
  Satire  's  my  weapon,  but  I  'm  too  discreet  To  run 
  amuck,  and  tilt  at  all  I  meet  --Pope. 
 
  The  sea  is  silent,  the  sea  is  discreet. 
  --Longfellow. 
 
  2.  Differing;  distinct.  [Obs.]  --Spenser.  --  {Dis*creet"ly}, 
  adv  --  {Dis*creet"ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  discreetness 
  n  1:  knowing  how  to  avoid  embarrassment  or  distress;  "the 
  servants  showed  great  tact  and  discretion"  [syn:  {discretion}, 
  {circumspection},  {prudence}] 
  2:  subtly  skillful  handling  of  a  situation  [syn:  {delicacy},  {diplomacy}, 
  {finesse}] 




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