discretion is the better part of valor

Definition of discretion is the better part of valor

used to say that it is better to be careful than to do something that is dangerous and unnecessary

Word by Word Definitions

discretion play
  1. : the quality of having or showing discernment or good judgment : the quality of being discreet : circumspection

  2. : ability to make responsible decisions

  3. : individual choice or judgment

better play
  1. : comparative of good

  2. : greater than half

  3. : improved in health or mental attitude

  1. : to make better (see 1better): such as

  2. : to make more tolerable or acceptable

  3. : to make more complete or perfect

  1. : comparative of well

  2. : in a more excellent manner

  3. : to greater advantage : preferably

  1. : something better (see 1better)

  2. : a superior especially in merit or rank

  3. : advantage, victory

  1. : had better (see 3better 1b)

part play
  1. : one of the often indefinite or unequal subdivisions into which something is or is regarded as divided and which together constitute the whole

  2. : an essential portion or integral element

  3. : one of several or many equal units of which something is composed or into which it is divisible : an amount equal to another amount

  1. : to separate from or take leave of someone

  2. : to take leave of one another

  3. : to become separated into parts

  1. : partly

  1. : partial

valor play
  1. : strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness : personal bravery


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