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discerning (adj) having good judgment and quick understanding.

A discerning person shows good judgment and can form quickly a correct opinion of what is right or what is wrong; can distinguish between what is of quality and what lacks quality. A person who is discerning can easily understand the difference between the good and the not so good about art, music, etc..

  • Judith is very discerning about whom she should move with and whom to avoid. She is clever at her judgment of who desirable company is, and who is not.
  • The discerning observer could not miss the glow in Susan's eyes whenever she talked to Eddy; her interest in him was obvious to any observant person.
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