- discretion ► NOUN 1) the quality of being discreet. 2) the freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation.● discretion is the better part of valour — Cf. ↑discretion is the better part of valourDERIVATIVES discretionary adjective.ORIGIN Latin, 'separation' (later 'discernment' ), from discernere (see DISCERN(Cf. ↑discernible)).
English terms dictionary. 2015.