You have not taken the discreetness I have shown into consideration, although you were interested in remaining silent.
After all, you know, I think that discreetness is just talk.
Milray seemed to feel the note of discreetness in her laugh, and he asked, smiling, "How old did you tell me you were?"
Would they be boilin' us the night wid the discreetness of 'em?
You were discreetness itself, and the man you called Barney was a capital actor, and a rare good fellow too.
You may depend upon me to be discreetness itself, at least until after Dick has been safely shipped.
They were fine and edifying in parts, but lacked the discreetness and holding back I always find in Mr. Plutarch.
discreetness, therefore, was instructed to reign at the Abbey.
mid-14c., "morally discerning, prudent, circumspect," from Old French discret "discreet, sensible, intelligent, wise," from Latin discretus "separated, distinct," in Medieval Latin "discerning, careful," past participle of discernere "distinguish" (see discern). Meaning "separate, distinct" in English is late 14c.
Spellings discrete and nativized discreet co-existed until after c.1600, when discreet became the common word for "careful, prudent," and discrete was maintained in philosophy, medicine, music and other disciplines that remembered Latin and made effort to obey it. Related: Discreetly.