Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “discretion”

See all translations

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).
(Definition of discretion from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of discretion?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “discretion” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

thug

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More