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NOUN (5)

1. freedom to act or judge on one's own;

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

3. refined taste; tact;
[syn: delicacy, discretion]

4. the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies;
[syn: free will, discretion]

5. the trait of judging wisely and objectively;
- Example: "a man of discernment"
[syn: discretion, discernment]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Discretion \Dis*cre"tion\, n. [F. discr['e]tion, L. discretio separation, difference, discernment, fr. discernere, discretum. See Discreet, Discern.] 1. Disjunction; separation. [Obs.] --Mede. [1913 Webster] 2. The quality of being discreet; wise conduct and management; cautious discernment, especially as to matters of propriety and self-control; prudence; circumspection; wariness. [1913 Webster] The better part of valor is discretion. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The greatest parts without discretion may be fatal to their owner. --Hume. [1913 Webster] 3. Discrimination. [1913 Webster] Well spoken, with good accent and good discretion. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Freedom to act according to one's own judgment; unrestrained exercise of choice or will. [1913 Webster] At discretion, without conditions or stipulations. [1913 Webster] Discretional
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

183 Moby Thesaurus words for "discretion": airtight secrecy, aloofness, alternate choice, alternative, animus, anticipation, appetence, appetency, appetite, backwardness, bashfulness, blankness, calculation, canniness, care, careful consideration, carefulness, caution, cautiousness, chilliness, choice, circumspection, circumspectness, close secrecy, closeness, coldness, command, common sense, conation, conatus, concealment, consideration, constraint, contemplation, cool judgment, coolness, crypticness, decision, deliberate stages, deliberateness, deliberation, desire, detachment, determination, diplomacy, discernment, discreetness, discrimination, disposition, distance, envisagement, envisionment, evasion, evasiveness, expressionlessness, fancy, farseeingness, farsightedness, forecast, foreglance, foregleam, foreglimpse, forehandedness, foreseeing, foresight, foresightedness, forethought, free choice, free decision, free will, frigidity, frostiness, full consent, gingerliness, good judgment, good sense, guardedness, gumption, hedge, hedging, heed, heedfulness, hesitation, hiddenness, hugger-mugger, hugger-muggery, iciness, impassiveness, impassivity, impersonality, inaccessibility, inclination, intention, introversion, judgement, judgment, judiciousness, liking, longsightedness, looking ahead, lust, mind, mindfulness, moderation, modesty, noncontingent free will, objective, option, optionality, passion, pawkiness, pleasure, policy, polity, possible choice, precaution, prediction, preference, preparation, prepublication, preview, prevision, prior consultation, prospect, prospection, providence, provision, prudence, prudentialism, prudentialness, readiness, reflection, reflectiveness, regardfulness, remoteness, repression, reserve, reservedness, resolution, restraint, reticence, reticency, retirement, safeness, safety first, sagacity, say, say-so, secrecy, secretiveness, secretness, sense, sexual desire, slowness to act, solicitude, sound judgment, soundness of judgment, standoffishness, subduedness, subterfuge, suppression, tact, tentativeness, the dark, thoroughness, thoughtfulness, unaffability, unapproachability, uncommunicativeness, uncongeniality, undemonstrativeness, unexpansiveness, unprecipitateness, velleity, volition, weighing, will, will and pleasure, will power, wisdom, wish, withdrawal, withdrawnness