Definition of years of discretion in English:

years of discretion

plural noun

  • another term for age of discretion
    • ‘The council required those who had obtained the years of discretion to share communion at least once a year.’
    • ‘Later on reaching years of discretion, Parzival wished he had not done it.’
    • ‘It [is] very unfair to influence a child's mind by inculcating any opinions before it [has] come to years of discretion to choose for itself.’
    • ‘Come to years of discretion, she found faith in the Master at her own home, and became a lay-disciple.’
    • ‘Addressing ‘Dear Friends’ he says, ‘Thirty is an awkward age; no longer free to expect indulgence for the errors of youth, yet only just approaching years of discretion; too early for pantouffles; too late for the sandpit and swings.’’
    • ‘Then the old man laughed and said, ‘Twas even so; but I am wiser now, having grown to years of discretion, for then I was but a youth of three-score or so.’’
    • ‘Just as children are sinful before they come to the years of discretion and understanding, so by the sovereign grace of God they do not need to grow up before they become partakers of saving grace.’
    • ‘If the child had not come to years of discretion, then a session may baptize, though they may have other reasons preventing such.’
    • ‘In due course, having come to years of discretion, my wanderings ceased, and I found a home at St. Matthew's Church.’
    • ‘[The father's] command over his children is but temporary… a discipline to their education… yet his power extends not to their liberty when they are once arrived to… the years of discretion.’
    • ‘In order that persons, having come to the years of discretion, may acknowledge openly the vows made at their Baptism and dedicate their lives to the will of God.’
    • ‘I have been in favor of the purchase of Spring Valley ever since I reached the years of discretion.’
    • ‘Indeed, if a son is in expectation of an estate from his father, he is engaged to a good deal of compliance, even after he comes to years of discretion.’