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Noun: discernment  di'surn-munt
  1. The cognitive condition of someone who understands
    "he has virtually no discernment of social cause and effect";
    - understanding, apprehension, savvy
  2. Delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
    - taste, appreciation, perceptiveness
  3. Perception of that which is obscure
    - perceptiveness
  4. The mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
    - sagacity, sagaciousness, judgment, judgement
  5. The trait of judging wisely and objectively
    "a man of discernment";
    - discretion

Derived forms: discernments

See also: tasteful, tasteless, tasty [US, informal]

Type of: discrimination, knowing, perception, sapience, secernment, wisdom, wiseness

Encyclopedia: Discernment