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discretion
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1  —as in:
It is within her discretion.
Definition the authority (right or power) to make a decision
  • The new law reduces a judge's discretion when sentencing violent criminals.
discretion = the authority to make a decision
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It's just not practical to write a disorderly conduct law that does not depend upon police discretion.
  • discretion = the authority to make a decision
  • Airlines have broad discretion to refuse to transport any passenger thought to be a safety risk.
  • This is a strong argument for leaving the matter to the discretion of the legislature.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • discretion = the authority to make a decision
  • Counsel reserves the right to terminate at her discretion.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • discretion = the authority to make a decision
  • Tom saw that he could sell or trade at his discretion, and so for the time was well pleased.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • discretion = authority to use his judgment to make a decision
  • All this seems to be left to the discretion of the legislature.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • discretion = the authority to make a decision
  • Nothing is left to the discretion of Congress.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • This seems left to the discretion of the legislature.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • This exercise of judicial discretion, in determining between two contradictory laws, is exemplified in a familiar instance.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers

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2  —as in:
You can trust her discretion.
Definition behavior that does not cause embarrassment or emotional discomfort — especially by not revealing secrets
  • This firm prides itself on its discretion and will not reveal client matters or even acknowledge who is a client.
discretion = behavior that does not cause embarrassment or reveal private information
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I mistakenly thought I could trust her discretion, so I gave her my cell phone number. Now I need a new number.
  • discretion = behavior that does not reveal private information
  • You must know, of course, our client data is strictly confidential. Paradise has a reputation for discretion as well as excellence.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • discretion = behavior that does not cause embarrassment or reveal private information
  • She had told Morris Townsend that she would not mention him to her father, and she saw no reason to retract this vow of discretion.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • discretion = keeping a secret (so that discomfort is not caused for another)
  • However much I paid Jamaican servants I would never buy discretion.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • discretion = trustworthiness with secrets
  • I'd be willing to compensate you for your time and your discretion.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • discretion = behavior that does not cause embarrassment or reveal private information
  • In the meantime, I have to ask you for your discretion. The meetings are confidential.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Excuse my indiscretion.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscretion means not and reverses the meaning of discretion. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • She sat motionless, with her eyes bent down, staring at her open fan, deeply flushed, shrinking together as if to minimise the indiscretion of which she confessed herself guilty.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
(editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscretion means not and reverses the meaning of discretion. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)

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3  —as in:
Parental discretion advised
Definition good judgment or good taste
  • This program contains violence that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. Parental discretion is advised.
discretion = good judgment or good taste
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She describes it as an indiscretion of her youth and not representative of who she is today.
  • indiscretion = behavior that displays a lack of good judgment
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscretion means not and reverses the meaning of discretion. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • I count on her good discretion to recommend sound investments.
  • discretion = behavior that displays good judgment
  • I have not interfered, I have left you your liberty, I have remembered that you are no longer a little girl-that you have arrived at years of discretion.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • discretion = good judgment
  • I daresay you know, like everybody else, that once, many years ago, I was guilty of an indiscretion.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll's House
  • indiscretion = behavior that displayed poor judgment
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscretion means not and reverses the meaning of discretion. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • Has she never in her life done some folly—some indiscretion—that she should not forgive your sin?
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • indiscretion = behavior that displays a lack of good judgment
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscretion means not and reverses the meaning of discretion. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • There was something that he lacked: discretion, aloofness, a sort of saving stupidity.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • discretion = good judgment
  • Their appointments should be made with discretion and discernment.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • discretion = good judgment
  • The subjects of foreign powers might suffer from the same cause, and hence the Union be discredited and embroiled by the indiscretion of a single member.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • indiscretion = behavior that displays a lack of good judgment
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscretion means not and reverses the meaning of discretion. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • Feeling discretion would gain her more than aggression, Eve contacted the clients by 'link and explained herself.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
discretion = good judgment or good taste

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