discerning

[dih-sur-ning, -zur-]
adjective
showing good or outstanding judgment and understanding: a discerning critic of French poetry.

Origin:
1600–10; discern + -ing2

discerningly, adverb
nondiscerning, adjective
undiscerning, adjective
undiscerningly, adverb


perceptive, keen, sharp, discriminating.
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discern

[dih-surn, -zurn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to perceive by the sight or some other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend: They discerned a sail on the horizon.
2.
to distinguish mentally; recognize as distinct or different; discriminate: He is incapable of discerning right from wrong.
verb (used without object)
3.
to distinguish or discriminate.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin discernere to separate, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + cernere to separate

discerner, noun
prediscern, verb (used with object)
undiscerned, adjective


1. discover, descry, espy. See notice. 2, 3. differentiate, judge.
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discern (dɪˈsɜːn)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to recognize or perceive clearly
2.  to recognize or perceive (differences)
 
[C14: from Old French discerner, from Latin discernere to divide, from dis-1 (apart) + cernere to separate]
 
dis'cerner
 
n

discerning (dɪˈsɜːnɪŋ)
 
adj
having or showing good taste or judgment; discriminating
 
dis'cerningly
 
adv

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discern
late 14c., from O.Fr. discerner "distinguish, separate" (by sifting), from L. discernere, from dis- "off, away" + cernere "distinguish, separate, sift" (see crisis). Related: Discerned.

discerning
c.1500, "discerning," a verbal noun from discern. As a pp. adj., attested from c.1600.
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Example sentences
Let us all try to be more discerning.
I've never had trouble discerning the two.
The general public is far more discerning than the literary elite.
Good to see that some people out there actually have a discerning view of
  commodities.
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