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"discretion" in British English

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discretionnoun [U]

uk   us   /dɪˈskreʃ.ən/

discretion noun [U] (CAREFUL BEHAVIOUR)

C2 the ​ability to ​behave without ​causingembarrassment or ​attracting too much ​attention, ​especially by ​keepinginformationsecret: "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 ​principaldecides it). I leave the ​decision toyour discretion (= for you to ​decide).
(Definition of discretion from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"discretion" in American English

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discretionnoun [U]

 us   /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 from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"discretion" in Business English

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discretionnoun [U]

uk   us   /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 ​redundantworkers is at the company's discretion.exercise/use (your) discretion Economic and ​institutionalconstraints can make it difficult for ​seniormanagers to ​exercise discretion in their decisions.leave it (up) to sb's discretion/leave it (up) to the discretion of sb Top-up ​insurancecover 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 ​offercustomers a 10% ​discount.
(Definition of discretion from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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