- 1the freedom or power to decide what should be done in a particular situation I'll leave it up to you to use your discretion. How much to tell terminally ill patients is left to the discretion of the doctor.
- 2care in what you say or do, in order to keep something secret or to avoid causing embarrassment to, or difficulty for, someone; the quality of being discreet This is confidential, but I know that I can rely on your discretion. Jane is the soul of discretion (= you can trust her). Use the utmost discretion when you talk to her. compare indiscretion Word Familydiscreet adjective (≠indiscreet)discretion noun (≠indiscretion)Idioms
according to what someone decides or wishes to do Bail is granted at the discretion of the court. There is no service charge and tipping is at your discretion.
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you should avoid danger and not take unnecessary risks
discretion is the better part of valor (saying)jump to other results