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[in-di-skresh-uh n] /ˌɪn dɪˈskrɛʃ ən/
lack of discretion; imprudence.
an indiscreet act, remark, etc.
Origin of indiscretion
1300-50; Middle English < Late Latin indiscrētiōn- (stem of indiscrētiō). See in-3, discretion
Related forms
indiscretionary, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for indiscretion
  • It was by the indiscretion of the veteran showman that an account of this banquet strayed into the public prints.
  • To look at him, you would think he had never committed an indiscretion worse than overtime parking.
  • Preparing journalists to cover the presidential campaign these days is also an exercise in indiscretion management.
  • There the swells would sip martinis, intone the odd witticism or inanity and occasionally commit some headline indiscretion.
  • In improper behaviour, indiscretion is an aggravating factor.
  • And no matter what some people might suggest, riding without a helmet isn't a victimless indiscretion.
  • Yet, it only takes one or two incidents of indiscretion or poor judgment to bring our well-earned position of trust into question.
  • Don't impose restrictions on me because of her unfortunate indiscretion.
  • Applicant's use of drugs in the early seventies can certainly be attributed to youthful indiscretion.
  • Her program is forgiving, so even when she spends time with the bad boys, she can make up the indiscretion elsewhere in her diet.
British Dictionary definitions for indiscretion


the characteristic or state of being indiscreet
an indiscreet act, remark, etc
Derived Forms
indiscretionary, adjective
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Word Origin and History for indiscretion

mid-14c., "want of discretion," from Old French indiscrécion "foolishness, imprudence" (12c.), from Late Latin indiscretionem (nominative indiscretio) "lack of discernment," from in- (see in- (1)) + discretionem (see discretion). Meaning "indiscreet act" is from c.1600.

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