- discovery method,
- discovery procedure,
- discrete variable
Origin of discreet
Examples from the Web for discreetness
You have not taken the discreetness I have shown into consideration, although you were interested in remaining silent.Ten Years Later|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Would they be boilin' us the night wid the discreetness of 'em?The Belted Seas|Arthur Colton
You may depend upon me to be discreetness itself, at least until after Dick has been safely shipped.The Snare|Rafael Sabatini
You were discreetness itself, and the man you called Barney was a capital actor, and a rare good fellow too.Out of a Labyrinth|Lawrence L. Lynch
Milray seemed to feel the note of discreetness in her laugh, and he asked, smiling, "How old did you tell me you were?"Ragged Lady, Complete|William Dean Howells
Word Origin for discreet
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.