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discretion


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  The  quality  of  being  discreet;  wise  conduct  and 
  management;  cautious  discernment,  especially  as  to  matters 
  of  propriety  and  self-control;  prudence;  circumspection; 
  wariness. 
 
  The  better  part  of  valor  is  discretion.  --Shak. 
 
  The  greatest  parts  without  discretion  may  be  fatal 
  to  their  owner.  --Hume. 
 
  3.  Discrimination. 
 
  Well  spoken,  with  good  accent  and  good  discretion. 
  --Shak. 
 
  4.  Freedom  to  act  according  to  one's  own  judgment; 
  unrestrained  exercise  of  choice  or  will 
 
  {At  discretion},  without  conditions  or  stipulations. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  discretion 
  n  1:  freedom  to  act  or  judge  on  one's  own 
  2:  knowing  how  to  avoid  embarrassment  or  distress;  "the 
  servants  showed  great  tact  and  discretion"  [syn:  {discreetness}, 
  {circumspection},  {prudence}] 
  3:  refined  taste;  tact  [syn:  {delicacy}] 
  4:  the  power  of  making  free  choices  unconstrained  by  external 
  agencies  [syn:  {free  will}] 
  5:  the  trait  of  judging  wisely  and  objectively;  "a  man  of 
  discenment"  [syn:  {discernment}] 




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