Meaning of discretion

dis•cre•tion

Pronunciation: (di-skresh'un), [key]
— n.
  1. the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment; freedom of judgment or choice: It is entirely within my discretion whether I will go or stay.
  2. the quality of being discreet, esp. with reference to one's own actions or speech; prudence or decorum: Throwing all discretion to the winds, he blurted out the truth.
  3. at one's option or pleasure: They were allowed to work overtime at discretion.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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