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What does discerning mean?
Discerning is an adjective that means able to discern—recognize small details, accurately tell the difference between similar things, and make intelligent judgements by using such observations.
Discerning is also the continuous (-ing) form of the verb discern. As an adjective, it can be used to describe someone who has the ability to discern or to describe such an ability.
The ability to do this or the process of doing it is called discernment, as in Only through careful discernment can you tell a genuine artifact from the work of a counterfeiter. Things that can be identified or distinguished in such a way can be described as discernible.
Example: Most chefs have a very discerning sense of taste.
Where does discerning come from?
The first records of discerning as an adjective come from the 1600s. It derives from the Latin discernere, meaning “to separate” or “to divide,” from dis-, meaning “apart,” and cernere, “to separate.”
To be discerning is to be able to tell things apart—to separate them, even when they appear to be very similar. People who are discerning are able to make keen observations about things. A person with a discerning palate may be able to discern flavors that others cannot. This ability is often associated with wisdom and experience. Being discerning also often involves making a judgment, especially about things that aren’t obvious. For example, it takes discernment to accurately judge someone’s character.
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What are some other forms related to discerning?
- discerningly (adverb)
- nondiscerning (adjective)
- undiscerning (adjective)
- undiscerningly (adverb)
- discern (verb)
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How is discerning used in real life?
Discerning is a somewhat formal word and is typically used in serious contexts.
Discerning reader pro-tip: When a daily newsletter comes out at exactly the same time every morning, you know its editors are putting it to bed before they go to sleep themselves, and it doesn’t contain that day’s most recent developments.
— Tom Angell 🌳📰ⓥ (@tomangell) September 18, 2018
Investors who once blindly piled in to commercial property are likely to think twice now. The result could be a more discerning investment approach https://t.co/aN29qU6hQW
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) June 28, 2020
A discerning palate is prime cat behavior. Lots of people dismiss it as 'finicky' which isn't fair to our feline friends. I look at as something as simple as soda from a can, bottle or tap. There's a difference!
— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) July 14, 2020
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Which of the following actions is NOT associated with someone who’s discerning?
Example sentences from the Web for discerning
Surely there needs to be some kind of discerning critical judgment involved?From Didion to Dunham, Female Essayists Seize the Day|Lucy Scholes|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the very least, the fickle and discerning moviegoer is getting a vibrant diagnosis: healthier than ever.
A more vexing problem is discerning the suicide attempt from the accidental overdose.
Her comments struck a chord with discerning critics and writers.Growing up with George Eliot: Rebecca Mead’s “My Life in Middlemarch”|Lucy Scholes|January 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When it comes to people, though, discerning demonic influence is more difficult.
I come before you with the plain confidence of an honest servant in the equity of a candid and discerning master.
Mr. Machen has shown himself an artist in the supernatural, one whom his generation has not been discerning enough to appreciate.Famous Modern Ghost Stories|Various
On the evening of the 16th the Aurora Borealis was visible, but after that date the nights were too light for our discerning it.
His championship was not, perhaps, of the most discerning or of the most valuable, but it was honest.Giordano Bruno|James Lewis McIntyre
The world owes a great debt to Leigh Hunt for discerning Lamb's gifts and allowing him free rein.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb|Charles Lamb