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.

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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