Discretion

Dis*cre"tion

(?), n. [F. discrtion, L. discretio separation, difference, discernment, fr. discernere, discretum. See Discreet, Discern.] 1. Disjunction; separation. [Obs.] Mede.
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2. The quality of being discreet; wise conduct and management; cautious discernment, especially as to matters of propriety and self-control; prudence; circumspection; wariness.
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The better part of valor is discretion.
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The greatest parts without discretion may be fatal to their owner.
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3. Discrimination.
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Well spoken, with good accent and good discretion.
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4. Freedom to act according to one's own judgment; unrestrained exercise of choice or will.
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At discretion, without conditions or stipulations.
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Dis*cre"tion*al

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Dis*cre"tion*a*ry

(?), }[Cf. F. discrtionnaire.] Left to discretion; unrestrained except by discretion or judgment; as, an ambassador with discretionary powers.

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Dis*cre"tion*al*ly

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Dis*cre"tion*a*ri*ly

(?), } adv. At discretion; according to one's discretion or judgment.
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