discernment

[ dih-surn-muhnt, -zurn- ]
/ dɪˈsɜrn mənt, -ˈzɜrn- /

noun

the faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding.
the act or an instance of discerning.

Nearby words

  1. discase,
  2. discectomy,
  3. discern,
  4. discernible,
  5. discerning,
  6. discerptible,
  7. discharge,
  8. discharge lamp,
  9. discharge printing,
  10. discharge tube

Origin of discernment

1580–90; < Middle French discernement, equivalent to discern(er) to discern + -ment -ment

Related formsnon·dis·cern·ment, nounpre·dis·cern·ment, nounself-dis·cern·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for discernment

discernment

/ (dɪˈsɜːnmənt) /

noun

keen perception or judgment
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Word Origin and History for discernment

discernment

n.

1580s; see discern + -ment.

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