Meaning of DISCRETION in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ dis-ˈkre-shən ]


Date: 14th century

1. : the quality of being discreet : circumspection ; especially : cautious reserve in speech

2. : ability to make responsible decisions


a. : individual choice or judgment

left the decision to his discretion

b. : power of free decision or latitude of choice within certain legal bounds

reached the age of discretion

4. : the result of separating or distinguishing

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.