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 be watching something quite violent or explicitly sexual.

Definitions of discretion
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n the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies

Synonyms:
free will
Types:
self-determination
determination of one's own fate or course of action without compulsion
Type of:
power, powerfulness
possession of controlling influence

n freedom to act or judge on one's own

Type of:
liberty
freedom of choice

n the trait of judging wisely and objectively

Synonyms:
discernment
Types:
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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 knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress

“the servants showed great tact and discretion
Synonyms:
circumspection, discreetness, prudence
Types:
confidentiality
discretion in keeping secret information
Type of:
discernment, judgement, judgment, sagaciousness, sagacity
the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations

n refined taste; tact

Synonyms:
delicacy
Type of:
appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness, taste
delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

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