Definition of discernment in English:



  • [mass noun] The ability to judge well.

    ‘an astonishing lack of discernment’
    • ‘The complete article shows quite clearly how the reporter resented being treated as if she had no discernment nor common sense.’
    • ‘I yet lack discernment to distinguish the whole lesson of today; but it is not lost, - it will come to me at last.’
    • ‘His eyes were focused with discernment and awareness.’
    • ‘He was planning to rely on their lack of discernment, wasn't he?’
    • ‘His prediction was impeccable though, and his discernment true.’
    • ‘What is within a chef's grasp, however, is the ability to maximize the essence of his or her dish by developing a refined sense of discernment when choosing ingredients.’
    • ‘It is up to us to cultivate discernment, and distinguish between that which is essential, and that which is simply the contingent effect of social and cultural mores.’
    • ‘We might have been adolescent girls, but we were also intelligent young women with discernment and judgement.’
    • ‘It could even be lack of discernment on the part of the reviewer.’
    • ‘The hotel is much favoured by people of taste and discernment.’
    • ‘Drugs will almost certainly be developed that will enhance the training of the mind to increase specific types of sensitivity and discernment of sensory signals.’
    • ‘Fortunately, computers that completely replicate human taste, discernment, and creativity have yet to be developed.’
    • ‘They possess capacities for discernment and the ability to decide what is in their best interest.’
    • ‘Despite his ability for discernment and honesty, you still come away thinking he is stuck in a life of cliched fixations.’
    • ‘In other words, dawning the robes of a preacher didn't imbue you with wisdom, intelligence and discernment.’
    • ‘But I need to plead with you to handle this crisis with wisdom and discernment.’
    • ‘The ability to pick out one's adult friend from a group photograph taken in his youth seems an unremarkable task and yet requires remarkable powers of discernment.’
    • ‘‘We appeal to you to guard against excessive indulgence and lack of discernment in behavioural patterns,’ he said.’
    • ‘But try to drink with a little taste and discernment.’
    • ‘Invariably, they pay tribute to his powers of discernment.’
    judgement, taste, discrimination, refinement, cultivation, sophistication, enlightenment, sensitivity, subtlety
    insight, perceptiveness, perception, perspicacity
    astuteness, acumen, shrewdness, ingeniousness, cleverness, intelligence, sharpness, wisdom, erudition, awareness, sagacity
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