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English definition of “discretion”

discretion

noun [U]
 
 
/dɪˈskreʃən/
the right to choose something, or to choose to do something, according to what seems most suitable in a particular situation: at sb's discretion/at the discretion of sb Payment in lieu of notice to redundant workers is at the company's discretion.exercise/use (your) discretion Economic and institutional constraints can make it difficult for senior managers to exercise discretion in their decisions.leave it (up) to sb's discretion/leave it (up) to the discretion of sb Top-up insurance cover is left to the discretion of individuals and firms. Bankruptcy managers have discretion to decide disputes. broad/complete/considerable discretion Sales staff were given discretion to offer customers a 10% discount.
(Definition of discretion from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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