showing good or outstanding judgment and understanding: a discerning critic of French poetry.
- dis·cern·ing·ly, adverb
- non·dis·cern·ing, adjective
- un·dis·cern·ing, adjective
- un·dis·cern·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use discerning in a sentence
Daniel Enemark, senior economist at the San Diego Workforce Partnership, said the competitive job market and increases in inflation are making job hunters more discerning.City Parks and Rec Vacancies Throttle Reopening Efforts | Lisa Halverstadt | November 10, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Social media is not very discerning when it comes to nude art.Vienna’s museums are moving their censored nude images to OnlyFans | Scott Nover | October 18, 2021 | Quartz
If you are trying to be more discerning, the spreadsheet put together by Prussin and Marr, as well as one put together by mechanical engineer Aaron Collins, offer specific recommendations.
Dogs, we are told, have more discerning senses of smell and hearing than we do, and birds of prey can see a rodent scurrying in the grass from hundreds of feet away.We’re at home among trees — which might be able to sense our presence | Richard Schiffman | July 23, 2021 | Washington Post
As a result, startup founders are trying to become more discerning about venture funding, rather than viewing it merely as free money.Despite hungry VCs, DTC brands are rethinking their fundraising approach | Anna Hensel | January 8, 2021 | Digiday
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
What makes Islam so tricky that it trips up even the usually more discerning among us?
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.
So many good singers that you, as an audience member, find yourself starting to become discerning.'American Idol' Premiere Review: The Clown Show Is Back and We Love It | Kevin Fallon | January 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The early recognition of pictured objects, of which certain animals have a measure, is often strikingly discerning.Children's Ways | James Sully
Had she, so observant, so discerning in her fastidious taste—had she failed to notice the small detail too?The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
discerning a dark object among the branches, he shrinks back, crosses stage, and goes out through the wood to the left.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays | Various
After dinner, the discerning eye of the co-mother-in-law divines the work of darkness.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete | Honore de Balzac
It was, she knew, a precious privilege to know a poet, and to see the natural and spiritual worlds through his discerning eyes.Country Neighbors | Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for discerning
having or showing good taste or judgment; discriminating
- discerningly, adverb
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