discerning

Discerning people pick up on subtle traits and are good judges of quality — they're the ones that can tell if your cupcakes are homemade from the finest ingredients or totally from a box mix.

Discerning is an adjective that comes from the Old French discerner, meaning to “distinguish (between), separate (by sifting).” Which makes sense, because someone with discerning tastes or a discerning eye is good at distinguishing the good from the bad and sifting out the gems from the junk. If you're an ace at picking out fabulous fabrics, accessories, and shoes when you get dressed each morning, you probably have discerning fashion sense.

DEFINITIONS OF: discerning

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adj having or revealing keen insight and good judgment

“a discerning critic”
“a discerning reader”
Synonyms
critical
characterized by careful evaluation and judgment
clear, percipient
characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving
clear-eyed, clear-sighted, perspicacious
mentally acute or penetratingly discerning
prescient
perceiving the significance of events before they occur
discriminating
showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste
Antonyms:
undiscerning
lacking discernment
obtuse, purblind
lacking in insight or discernment
uncomprehending
lacking understanding
indiscriminate
not marked by fine distinctions
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adj quick to understand

Synonyms:
apprehensive
perceptive
having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment

adj unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic

“a discerning editor”
Synonyms:
discreet
tactful
having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others

adj able to make or detect effects of great subtlety; sensitive

discerning taste”
“a discerning eye for color”
Synonyms
discriminating
showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste
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