discernment

[dih-surn-muhnt, -zurn-]
noun
1.
the faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding.
2.
the act or an instance of discerning.

Origin:
1580–90; < Middle French discernement, equivalent to discern(er) to discern + -ment -ment

nondiscernment, noun
prediscernment, noun
self-discernment, noun


1. judgment, perspicacity, penetration, insight.
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discernment (dɪˈsɜːnmənt)
 
n
keen perception or judgment

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Word Origin & History

discernment
1580s, from discern + -ment.
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Example sentences
The difficulty with color perception usually involves the discernment of red
  and green or those colors with red and green in them.
Wisdom and discernment are everywhere.
Abiding truth is to be experienced through self discernment and cannot be
  dished out like a serving of pizza.
The former tends to perpetuate a surface belief while the latter tends toward
  conscious discernment.
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