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discretion (noun) power and ability to decide; careful in what one says or does.

When you have the power and ability to decide, for example, the amount of discount, you have the discretion to decide it. The waiver of tuition fee in a university is entirely at the discretion of the dean of admissions. That is, the dean of admissions has the right to decide whether the tuition fee is to be waived or not, and how much is to be waived. Your care about what you say or do is your discretion, especially in matters which are to be kept secret. You share your secrets with someone whose discretion you trust. That is, you share your secrets with a person who you believe can be trusted, not to reveal your secrets to others.

  • Who is to be taken into the Cabinet, and who is not to be taken is entirely at the discretion of the President. They have the power to include or remove any one from the Cabinet.
  • Please treat this matter as confidential. I trust your discretion. I am sure you will not tell others of this.
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