discretion discretion  /dɪs ˈkrɛ ʃən/


  1. (n) freedom to act or judge on one's own
  2. (n) knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
  3. (n) refined taste; tact
  4. (n) the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
  5. (n) the trait of judging wisely and objectively


  1. We rely on prosecutors to exercise discretion.
  2. One was known for his discretion, the other for his lack thereof.
  3. Allowing brilliant financial regulators broad discretion doesn't work.


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/ˈtæn dʒə bəl /