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Definition of Discretion

Discretion

  1. Disjunction; separation.
  2. The quality of being discreet; wise conduct and management; cautious discernment, especially as to matters of propriety and self-control; prudence; circumspection; wariness.
  3. Discrimination.
  4. Freedom to act according to one's own judgment; unrestrained exercise of choice or will.

Discretion Quotations

A 'Globe' examination found that Boston police officers exercise broad discretion when deciding whether to issue a ticket.
Bill Dedman

Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.
Christine Keeler

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
Henry Steele Commager

Precision, speed, unambiguity, knowledge of files, continuity, discretion, unity, strict subordination, reduction of friction and of material and personal costs - these are raised to the optimum point in the strictly bureaucratic administration.
Max Weber

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
Jean de La Fontaine
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Discretion Translations

discretion in Italian is tatto, discrezione
discretion in Latin is prudentia
discretion in Norwegian is diskresjon
discretion in Swedish is gottfinnande, urskiljning
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