Discretion synonym

Discretion synonyms


Thoughtful regard or provision for the future; prudent forethought


(Countable) A piece of wise advice.


The ability to deal with embarrassing situations carefully and without doing or saying anything that will annoy or upset other people; careful consideration in dealing with others to avoid giving offense; the ability to say the right thing.


A cautious action; a precaution:

mature judgment

Cautious or prudent conduct


The state or condition of being guarded.


A tract of land reserved, or set apart, for a particular purpose; as, the Connecticut Reserve in Ohio, originally set apart for the school fund of Connecticut; the Clergy Reserves in Canada, for the support of the clergy.


Careful management; economy


(Mathematics) A condition that a solution to an optimization problem must satisfy.


Decorum is defined as appropriate, polite behavior in society.


Regard for or interest in someone or something:


Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good; as, his life was saved by precaution.


The capital and largest city of Rhode Island, in the northeast part of the state on Narragansett Bay. It was founded by Roger Williams in 1636 as a haven for religious dissenters and became prosperous as a port in the 1700s. Providence was joint capital with Newport until 1900.


The definition of maturity is adulthood, or is the state of being fully developed, or the time when a note is due and payable.


Sensitivity to what is proper; propriety.


Something chosen or available as a choice.


Indiscretion is defined as lack of good judgment with what you say or do.


Pleasure means the state of being pleased, delighted or gratified.


The exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters


(Hurling) The usual means of restarting play after a foul is committed, where the non-offending team restarts from where the foul was committed.


The quality or an instance of being sagacious; penetrating intelligence and sound judgment


A characteristic disposition or tendency to act in a certain way; a propensity:


(Law) A priority of payment given to one or more creditors by an insolvent debtor.


The quality or state of being wary


Tact or skill in dealing with people:


The power, right, or liberty to choose; option:


Circumspect is defined as cautious and unwilling to take risks.


Careful or wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense:


Silent or uncommunicative; disinclined to speak readily, often, specif., habitually so


(Philos.) Freedom to choose; freedom from compulsion or constraint


Moderation is defined as avoiding excess or extremes.


Power or ability to coerce.


(Psychiatry) An act or ritual that a person feels compelled to perform repeatedly, often to reduce the distress caused by an obsession.


Freedom of decision or of choice between alternatives


Full of caution; careful to avoid danger; circumspect; wary


Having, applying, or showing sound judgment; wise and careful


(Archaic) Sagacious in promoting a policy; ingenious in devising and advancing a system of management; devoted to a scheme or system rather than to a principle; hence, in a good sense, wise; prudent; sagacious


A method of leading up to a tenace, as in bridge, in order to prevent an opponent from winning the trick with an intermediate card.


Privacy is the state of being free from public scrutiny or from having your secrets or personal information shared.

Find another word for discretion. In this page you can discover 76 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for discretion, like: thoughtfulness, sound judgment, forethought, foresight, wisdom, tact, responsibility, caution, mature judgment, circumspection and carefulness.

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[ dih-skresh-uhn ]

/ dɪˈskrɛʃ ən /


the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment; freedom of judgment or choice: It is entirely within my discretion whether I will go or stay.

the quality of being discreet, especially with reference to one's own actions or speech; prudence or decorum: Throwing all discretion to the winds, he blurted out the truth.



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Idioms about discretion

    at discretion, at one's option or pleasure: They were allowed to work overtime at discretion.

Origin of discretion

1250–1300; Middle English discrecioun<Anglo-French <Late Latin discrētiōn- (stem of discrētiō). See discreet, -ion

Words nearby discretion

discrepancies, discrepancy, discrepant, discrete, discrete variable, discretion, discretional, discretionary, discretionary account, discretionary trust, Discretion is the better part of valor

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Words related to discretion

prudence, attention, tact, wisdom, foresight, maturity, responsibility, vigilance, wariness, gumption, deliberation, diplomacy, calculation, warning, sense, watchfulness, heedfulness, thoughtfulness, acumen, circumspection

How to use discretion in a sentence

  • Through a spokesman, Freddie Mac said that such locks are an important part of its business model, and that timing is at the borrower’s discretion.

    The Kushners’ Freddie Mac Loan Wasn’t Just Massive. It Came With Unusually Good Terms, Too.|by Heather Vogell|October 1, 2020|ProPublica

  • The clinic said that an officer in such a situation has no discretion.

    The Startling Reach and Disparate Impact of Cleveland Clinic’s Private Police Force|by David Armstrong|September 28, 2020|ProPublica

  • Experts tell me that the president actually has a lot of power at his discretion to contest the election, and some of the scenarios that could bring us to the edge of a crisis are actually very plausible.

    What If Trump Loses And Won’t Leave?|Geoffrey Skelley ([email protected])|September 14, 2020|FiveThirtyEight

  • An ADP spokesperson told Fortune that clients who use its TotalSource product will not have an option to take part in the deferral, but other clients will be able to suspend the Social Security collection at their discretion.

    ADP, the biggest U.S. payroll service, won’t implement Trump’s ‘tax holiday’ for some clients|Jeff|September 8, 2020|Fortune

  • Their business is nearly 100% repeat and referral, a testament to their high ethical standards, strong negotiating skills, energy, and discretion.

    COVID real estate — the new normal|Marin Hagen and Sylvia Bergstrom|August 22, 2020|Washington Blade

  • The town of Paradise told parents that trick-or-treating was “at your discretion.”

    Killer Eric Frein Held in Murdered Cop’s Cuffs|Michael Daly|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • According to owner Argiros, the answer is amiable discretion.

    Inside New York’s Most Powerful Diner|Tom Teodorczuk|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • The overriding theme of the hundreds of interviews Newman had granted is his discretion.

    The Stacks: The Eyes of Winter: Paul Newman at 70|Peter Richmond|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • And so we get policies where parents are given no discretion over whether or not to keep their kids home.

    The Doctor’s Note Must Die!|Russell Saunders|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • How from now on we were going to be seeing in Prince Harry nothing but a model of discretion, seriousness and best behaviour?

    Prince Harry Parties TOPLESS|Tom Sykes|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • He had, however, recovered sufficiently to enable him to act with promptitude and discretion.

    The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne

  • I knew you would, dear Mr Brammel—a gentleman of your discretion would not fail to do so.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXIX. January, 1844. Vol. LV.|Various

  • "The Seorita is a pearl of prudence and discretion: do whatever she desired you," said Alphonse.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 60, No. 372, October 1846|Various

  • They are all sworn to the closest secrecy; have been told that our lives depend upon their discretion.

    Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton

  • Whether a dividend shall be declared, and also the amount, are questions lying largely within the discretion of the directors.

    Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles

British Dictionary definitions for discretion



the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid social embarrassment or distress

freedom or authority to make judgments and to act as one sees fit (esp in the phrases at one's own discretion, at the discretion of)

age of discretionoryears of discretionthe age at which a person is considered to be able to manage his own affairs

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with discretion

In addition to the idiom beginning with discretion

  • discretion is the better part of valor

also see:

  • throw caution (discretion) to the winds

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1. discretion

noun. ['dɪˈskrɛʃən'] freedom to act or judge on one's own.

Words that Rhyme with Discretion

  • transgression
  • misimpression
  • decompression
  • retrocession
  • nonaggression
  • repossession
  • progression
  • expression
  • compression
  • suppression
  • succession
  • repression
  • regression
  • profession
  • procession
  • precession
  • intercession
  • impression
  • digression
  • depression
  • confession
  • concession
  • secession
  • recession
  • possession
  • oppression
  • obsession
  • aggression
  • accession
  • question

Example sentences of the word discretion

1. Noun, singular or mass
Whether or not to allow you entry into the country is at the discretion of the border agent.

Quotes containing the word discretion

1. I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves ; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.
- Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

2. discretion

noun. ['dɪˈskrɛʃən'] knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress.

  • discreetness
  • circumspection
  • judgement
  • discernment
  • sagacity
  • confidentiality
  • prudence
  • sagaciousness
  • unwariness
  • incomprehension
  • tasteful
  • tasteless

3. discretion

noun. ['dɪˈskrɛʃən'] the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies.

  • free will
  • self-determination
  • powerfulness
  • judgment in personam
  • judiciousness
  • injudiciousness
  • approval

4. discretion

noun. ['dɪˈskrɛʃən'] refined taste; tact.

  • discernment
  • taste
  • perceptiveness
  • delicacy
  • badness
  • bad
  • unsoundness
  • inadvisability

5. discretion

noun. ['dɪˈskrɛʃən'] the trait of judging wisely and objectively.

  • wiseness
  • caution
  • discernment
  • wisdom
  • prudence
  • imprudence
  • reversal
  • judgment in rem
  • affirmation
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Synonyms of discretion in English:


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See Spanish definition of discreción


1‘the negotiations have been carried out with the utmost discretion’


circumspection, care, carefulness, caution, wariness, chariness, guardedness

tact, tactfulness, diplomacy, delicacy, sensitivity, subtlety, consideration, prudence, judiciousness, judgement, discrimination, sense, good sense, common sense

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indiscretion, rashness

2‘honorary fellowships may be awarded at the discretion of the council’


choice, option, judgement, preference, disposition, volition

pleasure, liking, wish, will, inclination, desire

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Synonym discretion

antonyms for discretion


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How to use discretion in a sentence

Experts tell me that the president actually has a lot of power at his discretion to contest the election, and some of the scenarios that could bring us to the edge of a crisis are actually very plausible.


He had, however, recovered sufficiently to enable him to act with promptitude and discretion.


They are all sworn to the closest secrecy; have been told that our lives depend upon their discretion.




nounpower to select; selection


nounpower to select; selection

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