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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

Censorship always defeats it 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

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
Thomas Jefferson

The generous wish to share with all what is precious, to spread broadcast priceless truths, to shut out none from the illumination of true knowledge, has resulted in a zeal without discretion that has vulgarised Christianity, and has presented its teachings in a form that often repels the heart and alienates the intellect.
Annie Besant
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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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