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[n] the trait of judging wisely and objectively; "a man of discernment"
[n] ability to make good judgments
[n] perception of that which is obscure
[n] delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values); "arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success"; "to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste"
[n] the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"

Misc. Definitions

\Dis*cern"ment\, n. [Cf. F. discernement.]
1. The act of discerning.
2. The power or faculty of the mind by which it distinguishes one thing from another; power of viewing differences in objects, and their relations and tendencies; penetrative and discriminate mental vision; acuteness; sagacity; insight; as, the errors of youth often proceed from the want of discernment. Syn: Judgment; acuteness; discrimination; penetration; sagacity; insight. -- {Discernment}, {Penetration}, {Discrimination}. Discernment is keenness and accuracy of mental vision; penetration is the power of seeing deeply into a subject in spite of everything that intercepts the view; discrimination is a capacity of tracing out minute distinctions and the nicest shades of thought. A discerning man is not easily misled; one of a penetrating mind sees a multitude of things which escape others; a discriminating judgment detects the slightest differences.

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