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English noun: discernment

1. discernment (cognition) the cognitive condition of someone who understands


SamplesHe has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect.


Synonymsapprehension, savvy, understanding


Broader (hypernym)knowing


Narrower (hyponym)appreciation, brainstorm, brainwave, comprehension, grasp, grasping, hindsight, hold, insight, realisation, realization, recognition, self-knowledge, smattering

2. discernment (cognition) delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)


SamplesArrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success.
To ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste.


Synonymsappreciation, perceptiveness, taste


Broader (hypernym)discrimination, secernment


Narrower (hyponym)connoisseurship, culture, delicacy, discretion, style, trend, vertu, virtu, vogue


Attributetasteful, tasteless

3. discernment (cognition) perception of that which is obscure


Synonymsperceptiveness


Broader (hypernym)perception

4. discernment (cognition) the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations


Synonymsjudgement, judgment, sagaciousness, sagacity


Broader (hypernym)sapience, wisdom


Narrower (hyponym)circumspection, common sense, discreetness, discretion, eye, good sense, gumption, horse sense, indiscreetness, injudiciousness, judiciousness, mother wit, prudence, sense

5. discernment (attribute) the trait of judging wisely and objectively


SamplesA man of discernment.


Synonymsdiscretion


Broader (hypernym)wisdom, wiseness


Narrower (hyponym)caution, circumspection, prudence









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