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discretion/dɪˈskrɛʃən/noun
discretion
/dɪˈskrɛʃən/
noun
Learner's definition of DISCRETION  
[noncount]
: the right to choose what should be done in a particular situation
◊ Something that is done at your discretion is done if, how, when, etc., you choose to do it.
: the quality of being careful about what you do and say so that people will not be embarrassed or offended : the quality of being discreet
— opposite indiscretion

discretion is the better part of valor

— used to say that it is better to be careful than to do something that is dangerous and unnecessary
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