Type: noun

Definitions: (noun) Discretion is the ability to keep a secret. (noun) Discretion is the ability to do something in a way that does not upset people. (noun) Discretion is the ability and power to decide.

Examples: (noun) Her discretion meant that nobody found out the truth before she died. (noun) The teacher used discretion when talking to his underperforming students. (noun) The money will be offered at the discretion of the Environmental Health Department. (noun) The judge made a mistake in exercising his discretion to end the trial early.

Synonyms: nouns: judgement. caution, maturity.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 5 E