Meaning of “discretion” in the English Dictionary

"discretion" in British English

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(Definition of “discretion” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 /dɪˈskreʃən/ us

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)