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discretion

dis·cre·tion

discretion

 
 
pronunciation:
dih skre shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the freedom or authority to use one's own judgment.
You may come or not, at your own discretion.
synonyms:
liberty, preference, volition
similar words:
choice, disposal, disposition, election, inclination, option, pleasure, will
definition 2: prudence or circumspection.
He showed more discretion than passion in choosing a wife.
synonyms:
circumspection, prudence, sagacity
antonyms:
indiscretion
similar words:
acumen, caution, discernment, discrimination, forethought, judgment, sense, wisdom