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dis kre shuhn

  • n  freedom to act or judge on one's own
  • n  knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
    the servants showed great tact and discretion
  • n  refined taste; tact
  • n  the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
  • n  the trait of judging wisely and objectively

  • For seven successive years (1947-53) Congress tacked on to the State Department Appropriation Act a rider giving the Secretary of State "absolute discretion" to fire any State.
  • The less serious a crime, the more officer discretion you use," he says, adding "discretion is judgment that we hope is based on wisdom, experience and training.
  • We rely on prosecutors to exercise discretion.
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