1. Disjunction; separation. [Obs.]
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.
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.
n 1: freedom to act or judge on one's own
2: knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; "the
servants showed great tact and discretion" [syn: discreetness,
3: refined taste; tact [syn: delicacy]
4: the power of making free choices unconstrained by external
agencies [syn: free will]
5: the trait of judging wisely and objectively; "a man of
discernment" [syn: discernment]