Definition of discretion
- left the decision to his discretion
- reached the age of discretion
Each artist in the gallery has discretion over the price that will be charged for his or her work.
The coach used his own discretion to let the injured quarterback play.
He always uses care and discretion when dealing with others.
She handled the awkward situation with great discretion.
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: the right to choose what should be done in a particular situation
: the quality of being careful about what you do and say so that people will not be embarrassed or offended : the quality of being discreet
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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