Dis*cre"tion (?), n. [F. discr'etion, L. discretio separation, difference, discernment, fr. discernere, discretum. See Discreet, Discern.]

1.

Disjunction; separation.

[Obs.]

Mede.

2.

The quality of being discreet; wise conduct and management; cautious discernment, especially as to matters of propriety and self-control; prudence; circumspection; wariness.

The better part of valor is discretion. Shak.

The greatest parts without discretion may be fatal to their owner. Hume.

3.

Discrimination.

Well spoken, with good accent and good discretion. Shak.

4.

Freedom to act according to one's own judgment; unrestrained exercise of choice or will.

At discretion, without conditions or stipulations.

 

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