Definition of discerning in US English:



  • Having or showing good judgment.

    ‘the restaurant attracts discerning customers’
    • ‘The independent film holds the hopes of the discerning critic, weary of mainstream bombast, in its hands.’
    • ‘Today's diamond buyer, it seems, is a more discerning and brand-conscious customer, no longer satisfied with just any old generic rock.’
    • ‘More importantly, it will also provide a platform to revive age-old weaves with a contemporary and fashionable look for the discerning Indian customer.’
    • ‘However, since then an increasingly competitive market and more discerning customers have forced the company to innovate in order to maintain and strengthen its market share.’
    • ‘For the past 18 years, the company has established itself as the eminent choice of discerning customers in the moulding industry.’
    • ‘If a cook does not get a discerning customer, all his efforts and culinary skills would be wasted.’
    • ‘From her vast experience both as an actor and a producer Anne is acutely aware that discerning audiences expect a top class show.’
    • ‘Edicts delivered from on high do not go down well with today's discerning and sophisticated public.’
    • ‘Some might condemn my reaction as politically motivated rather than a discerning literary judgement.’
    • ‘I think the reception that the performance received from what must be described as a discerning audience, would support my judgement of the evening's music.’
    • ‘This would have helped the discerning clinician in selecting a specific method rather than relying exclusively on the eclectic methods of treatment suggested for each case by the authors.’
    • ‘So when notoriously purist and discerning jazz critics single out a rising star to heap hyperbolic praise upon, gig after gig, it really is time to sit up and take notice.’
    • ‘Over the past decade shoppers have become much more discerning and aware of the products they buy.’
    • ‘Free of the constraints of the nine-to-five job, without young families to tie them down and with their mortgages paid off, they are an increasingly discerning and sophisticated group.’
    • ‘‘A new range of casual cane chairs has arrived for the discerning customer,’ says Miriam.’
    • ‘Customers are more discerning than they were in the past.’
    • ‘Of course to say that such schemes don't also attract the smart, intelligent, well-educated and discerning net users would be untrue.’
    • ‘Physicians are by inclination and training discerning men, wise in human relations and keen in judgement.’
    • ‘When any group reappears after a long period away the discerning listener is wise to approach the results with caution.’
    • ‘‘We have a very good customer base now, but it's also a very discerning customer base,’ he says.’
    discriminating, selective, judicious, tasteful, refined, cultivated, cultured, sophisticated, enlightened, sensitive, subtle, critical
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