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[dih-skresh-uh n] /dɪˈskrɛʃ ən/
the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment; freedom of judgment or choice:
It is entirely within my discretion whether I will go or stay.
the quality of being discreet, especially with reference to one's own actions or speech; prudence or decorum:
Throwing all discretion to the winds, he blurted out the truth.
at discretion, at one's option or pleasure:
They were allowed to work overtime at discretion.
1250-1300; Middle English discrecioun < Anglo-French < Late Latin discrētiōn- (stem of discrētiō). See discreet, -ion
2. judgment, wisdom, discrimination, sense. Unabridged
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Examples for discretions
  • He then said that he wasn't about to slap his managers on the wrist for past discretions.
British Dictionary definitions for discretions


the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid social embarrassment or distress
freedom or authority to make judgments and to act as one sees fit (esp in the phrases at one's own discretion, at the discretion of)
age of discretion, years of discretion, the age at which a person is considered to be able to manage his own affairs
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Word Origin and History for discretions
c.1300, from L.L. discretionem (nom. discretio) "discernment, power to make distinctions," from L. discretionem "separation, distinction," from discre- stem of discernere "to separate, distinguish" (see discern). Phrase at (one's) discretion attested from 1570s; the age of discretion (late 14c.) in English law was 14.
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Idioms and Phrases with discretions
In addition to the idiom beginning with discretion also see: throw caution (discretion) to the winds
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