American English

Definition of discretion noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Word Familydiscreet adjective (indiscreet)discretion noun (indiscretion)Idioms
    at somebody's discretion
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    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.
    discretion is the better part of valor (saying)
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    you should avoid danger and not take unnecessary risks
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: discretion