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English definition of “discretion”

discretion

noun [U]    /dɪˈskreʃ·ən/
choice , or the right to make a choice , based on judgment : Troopers have discretion in deciding whom to stop for speeding . Whether or not to hold the meeting is at the discretion of the president (= a decision to be made by the president ).
(Definition of discretion noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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