Discernment Dis*cern"ment, n. [Cf. F. discernement.] 1. The act of discerning. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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