indiscretion

noun in·dis·cre·tion \ ˌin-di-ˈskre-shən \
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018

Definition of indiscretion

1 : lack of discretion : imprudence
  • dietary indiscretion
2 a : something (such as an act or remark) marked by lack of discretion
b : an act at variance with the accepted morality of a society
  • resigned because of financial indiscretions

Examples of indiscretion in a Sentence

  1. She committed a few minor indiscretions.

  2. a single indiscretion can get someone kicked out of that exclusive club

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First Known Use of indiscretion

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INDISCRETION Defined for English Language Learners

indiscretion

Definition of indiscretion for English Language Learners

  • : lack of good judgment or care in behavior and especially in speech : lack of discretion

  • : an act or remark that shows a lack of good judgment : an indiscreet act or remark


INDISCRETION Defined for Kids

indiscretion

noun in·dis·cre·tion \ ˌin-di-ˈskre-shən \

Definition of indiscretion for Students

1 : lack of good judgment or care in acting or saying things
2 : a thoughtless or careless act or remark


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