discernment

Discernment is the ability to make a smart judgment about something. If you're voting for Student Council President, you need to use discernment to pick the best candidate.

The noun discernment describes a wise way of judging between things, or a particularly perceptive way of seeing things. If you can understand something that's somewhat hidden or obscure — if you figure out the themes of a confusing movie, for example — you're using discernment. It comes from the Latin word discernere, meaning "separate." Discernment separates what's important or true from what's not.

Definitions of discernment
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n the cognitive condition of someone who understands

Synonyms:
apprehension, savvy, understanding
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comprehension
an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result)
self-knowledge
an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities
smattering
a slight or superficial understanding of a subject
appreciation, grasp, hold
understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
grasping
understanding with difficulty
hindsight
understanding the nature of an event after it has happened
brainstorm, brainwave, insight
the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
realisation, realization, recognition
coming to understand something clearly and distinctly
sense
a natural appreciation or ability
light
mental understanding as an enlightening experience
revelation
an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
breakthrough, discovery, find
a productive insight
flash
a sudden brilliant understanding
Type of:
knowing
a clear and certain mental apprehension

n the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations

Synonyms:
judgement, judgment, sagaciousness, sagacity
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eye
good discernment (either visually or as if visually)
common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit, sense
sound practical judgment
judiciousness
good judgment
circumspection, discreetness, discretion, prudence
knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
indiscreetness, injudiciousness
lacking good judgment
logic
reasoned and reasonable judgment
nous
common sense
road sense
good judgment in avoiding trouble or accidents on the road
confidentiality
discretion in keeping secret information
care, caution, forethought, precaution
judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger
Type of:
sapience, wisdom
ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight

n the trait of judging wisely and objectively

“a man of discernment
Synonyms:
discretion
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caution, circumspection
the trait of being circumspect and prudent
prudence
discretion in practical affairs
precaution
the trait of practicing caution in advance
chariness, wariness
the trait of being cautious and watchful
providence
the prudence and care exercised by someone in the management of resources
frugality, frugalness
prudence in avoiding waste
Type of:
wisdom, wiseness
the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight

n delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

Synonyms:
appreciation, perceptiveness, taste
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connoisseurship, vertu, virtu
love of or taste for fine objects of art
style, trend, vogue
the popular taste at a given time
delicacy, discretion
refined taste; tact
culture
the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
New Look
a style of women's clothing created by Christian Dior in 1947; involved a tight bodice and narrow waist and a flowing pleated skirt
fashion
the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior
bandwagon
a popular trend that attracts growing support
counterculture
a culture with lifestyles and values opposed to those of the established culture
mass culture
the culture that is widely disseminated via the mass media
letters
the literary culture
Type of:
discrimination, secernment
the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

n perception of that which is obscure

Synonyms:
perceptiveness
Type of:
perception
knowledge gained by perceiving

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