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discerning

[ dih-sur-ning, -zur- ]
/ dɪˈsɜr nɪŋ, -ˈzɜr- /
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adjective
showing good or outstanding judgment and understanding: a discerning critic of French poetry.
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Origin of discerning

First recorded in 1600–10; discern + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM discerning

dis·cern·ing·ly, adverbnon·dis·cern·ing, adjectiveun·dis·cern·ing, adjectiveun·dis·cern·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use discerning in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for discerning

discerning
/ (dɪˈsɜːnɪŋ) /

adjective
having or showing good taste or judgment; discriminating

Derived forms of discerning

discerningly, adverb
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