discretion

If you have the freedom to decide something on your own, the decision is left to your discretion. You're in charge.

Discretion traces back to the Latin verb discernere, "to separate, to discern," from the prefix dis-, "off, away," plus cernere, "separate, sift." If you use discretion, you sift away what is not desirable, keeping only the good. If you have the freedom to choose, something is "at your discretion." Watch out when you hear the phrase "viewer discretion advised" on TV or at the movies — you will most likely encounter profanity and violence.

Definitions of discretion
  1. noun
    the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
    synonyms: free will
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    self-determination
    determination of one's own fate or course of action without compulsion
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    power, powerfulness
    possession of controlling influence
  2. noun
    freedom to act or judge on one's own
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    liberty
    freedom of choice
  3. noun
    the trait of judging wisely and objectively
    synonyms: discernment
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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
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    wisdom, wiseness
    the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
  4. noun
    knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
    “the servants showed great tact and discretion
    synonyms: circumspection, discreetness, prudence
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    confidentiality
    discretion in keeping secret information
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    discernment, judgement, judgment, sagaciousness, sagacity
    the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
  5. noun
    refined taste; tact
    synonyms: delicacy
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    appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness, taste
    delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
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