Learner's definition of DISCRETION
the right to choose what should be done in a particular situation
Each artist in the gallery has discretion over the price that will be charged for his or her work.
The coach used/exercised his own discretion to let the injured quarterback play.
The amount each person contributes will be left to the discretion of the individual. [=each person will decide how much he or she will contribute]
Because of the violence in the movie, parental discretion is advised. [=parents are advised to think about whether or not they want their children to see the movie]
◊ 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
He always uses care and discretion when dealing with others.
She handled the awkward situation with great discretion.
She is the soul of discretion. [=she is very discreet]
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