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discernment

[dih-surn-muh nt, -zurn-] /dɪˈsɜrn mənt, -ˈzɜrn-/
noun
1.
the faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding.
2.
the act or an instance of discerning.
Origin of discernment
1580-1590
1580-90; < Middle French discernement, equivalent to discern(er) to discern + -ment -ment
Related forms
nondiscernment, noun
prediscernment, noun
self-discernment, noun
Synonyms
1. judgment, perspicacity, penetration, insight.
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discernment

/dɪˈsɜːnmənt/
noun
1.
keen perception or judgment
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Word Origin and History for discernment
n.

1580s; see discern + -ment.

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