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discretion
used in 1776

3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
Parental discretion advised.
Definition
good judgment or good taste
  • At best, it could be taken as a desperate indiscretion; at worst, an underhanded act of betrayal.
    p. 248.6

There are no more uses of "discretion" flagged with this meaning in 1776.

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  • For the "present at least," discretion was truly the better part of valor.
    p. 54.3
  • Captain Charles Stedman, one of Cornwallis's own officers and the earliest British historian of the war, would speculate that had Cornwallis been allowed "to act at his own discretion .... he would have pursued the weakened and alarmed enemy to the Delaware, over which, without falling into his hands, they never could have passed."
    p. 259.4

There are no more uses of "discretion" in 1776.

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