indiscretion

[ in-di-skresh-uh n ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈskrɛʃ ən /

noun

lack of discretion; imprudence.
an indiscreet act, remark, etc.

Nearby words

  1. indiscerptible,
  2. indiscipline,
  3. indiscoverable,
  4. indiscreet,
  5. indiscrete,
  6. indiscriminate,
  7. indiscriminately,
  8. indiscriminating,
  9. indiscrimination,
  10. indiscussible

Origin of indiscretion

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin indiscrētiōn- (stem of indiscrētiō). See in-3, discretion

Related formsin·dis·cre·tion·ar·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for indiscretion

indiscretion

/ (ˌɪndɪˈskrɛʃən) /

noun

the characteristic or state of being indiscreet
an indiscreet act, remark, etc
Derived Formsindiscretionary, adjective

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Word Origin and History for indiscretion

indiscretion

n.

mid-14c., "want of discretion," from Old French indiscrécion "foolishness, imprudence" (12c.), from Late Latin indiscretionem (nominative indiscretio) "lack of discernment," from in- (see in- (1)) + discretionem (see discretion). Meaning "indiscreet act" is from c.1600.

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