the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment; freedom of judgment or choice: It is entirely within my discretion whether I will go or stay.
the quality of being discreet, especially with reference to one's own actions or speech; prudence or decorum: Throwing all discretion to the winds, he blurted out the truth.
Idioms about discretion
at discretion, at one's option or pleasure: They were allowed to work overtime at discretion.
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How to use discretion in a sentence
Through a spokesman, Freddie Mac said that such locks are an important part of its business model, and that timing is at the borrower’s discretion.The Kushners’ Freddie Mac Loan Wasn’t Just Massive. It Came With Unusually Good Terms, Too. | by Heather Vogell | October 1, 2020 | ProPublica
The clinic said that an officer in such a situation has no discretion.The Startling Reach and Disparate Impact of Cleveland Clinic’s Private Police Force | by David Armstrong | September 28, 2020 | ProPublica
Experts tell me that the president actually has a lot of power at his discretion to contest the election, and some of the scenarios that could bring us to the edge of a crisis are actually very plausible.
An ADP spokesperson told Fortune that clients who use its TotalSource product will not have an option to take part in the deferral, but other clients will be able to suspend the Social Security collection at their discretion.ADP, the biggest U.S. payroll service, won’t implement Trump’s ‘tax holiday’ for some clients | Jeff | September 8, 2020 | Fortune
Their business is nearly 100% repeat and referral, a testament to their high ethical standards, strong negotiating skills, energy, and discretion.
The town of Paradise told parents that trick-or-treating was “at your discretion.”
According to owner Argiros, the answer is amiable discretion.
The overriding theme of the hundreds of interviews Newman had granted is his discretion.
And so we get policies where parents are given no discretion over whether or not to keep their kids home.
How from now on we were going to be seeing in Prince Harry nothing but a model of discretion, seriousness and best behaviour?
He had, however, recovered sufficiently to enable him to act with promptitude and discretion.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
I knew you would, dear Mr Brammel—a gentleman of your discretion would not fail to do so.
"The Seorita is a pearl of prudence and discretion: do whatever she desired you," said Alphonse.
They are all sworn to the closest secrecy; have been told that our lives depend upon their discretion.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Whether a dividend shall be declared, and also the amount, are questions lying largely within the discretion of the directors.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for discretion
the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid social embarrassment or distress
freedom or authority to make judgments and to act as one sees fit (esp in the phrases at one's own discretion, at the discretion of)
age of discretion or years of discretion the age at which a person is considered to be able to manage his own affairs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with discretion
In addition to the idiom beginning with discretion
- discretion is the better part of valor
- throw caution (discretion) to the winds
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