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discretion

noun
     
di‧scre‧tion [uncountable]
1 the ability and right to decide exactly what should be done in a particular situation
at somebody's discretion (=according to someone's decision)
The awards are made at the discretion of the committee.
Promotions are left to the discretion of the supervisor.
discretion over/as to
People want to have more discretion over their working hours.
use/exercise your discretion
The judge exercised his discretion rightly to admit the evidence.
discretion to do something
The committee has the absolute discretion to refuse applications.
2 the ability to deal with situations in a way that does not offend, upset, or embarrass people or tell any of their secrets:
British newspapers no longer feel they must treat the royal family with discretion.
3

discretion is the better part of valour

used to say that it is better to be careful than to take unnecessary risks

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