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discretion

noun [U] uk   /dɪˈskreʃ.ən/ us  

discretion noun [U] (CAREFUL BEHAVIOUR)

C2 the ability to behave without causing embarrassment or attracting too much attention, especially by keeping information secret: "Can you trust him with this?" "Yes, he's the soul of discretion (= he will not tell other people)."

discretion noun [U] (RIGHT TO CHOOSE)

formal the right or ability to decide something: Students can be expelled at the discretion of the principal (= if the principal decides it). I leave the decision to your discretion (= for you to decide).
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