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discretion
used in Washington Square

2 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
embarrassing lack of discretion
Definition
behavior that does not attract undesired attention 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.
    Chapter 8 (3% in)
discretion = keeping a secret (so that discomfort is not caused for another)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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.
    Chapter 9 (10% in)
  • Excuse my indiscretion.
    Chapter 35 (91% in)

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2  —3 uses as in:
Parental discretion advised.
Definition
good judgment or good taste
  • 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.
    Chapter 11 (37% in)
discretion = good judgment
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Only, I should add, he should choose his line with discretion.
    Chapter 9 (41% in)
  • "Ah, yes, with discretion," Morris Townsend repeated sympathetically.
    Chapter 9 (41% in)

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