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[in-di-skresh-uh n]
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  1. lack of discretion; imprudence.
  2. an indiscreet act, remark, etc.
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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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  1. the characteristic or state of being indiscreet
  2. an indiscreet act, remark, etc
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Derived Formsindiscretionary, adjective
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Word Origin and History for indiscretion


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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