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NOUN (2)

1. knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress;
- Example: "the servants showed great tact and discretion"
[syn: discretion, discreetness, circumspection, prudence]

2. subtly skillful handling of a situation;
[syn: delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finesse]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Discreet \Dis*creet"\, a. [Compar. Discreeter; superl. Discreetest.] [F. discret, L. discretus separated (whence the meaning reserved, prudent), p. p. of discernere. See Discern, and cf. Discrete.] 1. Possessed of discernment, especially in avoiding error or evil, and in the adaptation of means to ends; prudent; sagacious; judicious; not rash or heedless; cautious. [1913 Webster] It is the discreet man, not the witty, nor the learned, nor the brave, who guides the conversation, and gives measures to society. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Satire 's my weapon, but I 'm too discreet To run amuck, and tilt at all I meet. --Pope. [1913 Webster] The sea is silent, the sea is discreet. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 2. Differing; distinct. [Obs.] --Spenser. -- Dis*creet"ly, adv. -- Dis*creet"ness, n. Discrepance
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

discreetness n 1: knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; "the servants showed great tact and discretion" [syn: discretion, discreetness, circumspection, prudence] 2: subtly skillful handling of a situation [syn: delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finesse]