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English adjective: discerning

1. discerning having or revealing keen insight and good judgment


SamplesA discerning critic.
A discerning reader.


Similarclear, clear-eyed, clear-sighted, percipient, perspicacious, prescient


See alsocritical, discriminating


Antonymsundiscerning

2. discerning unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic


SamplesA discerning editor.
A discreet silence.


Synonymsdiscreet


Similartactful


Antonymstactless, untactful

3. discerning quick to understand


SamplesA kind and apprehensive friend.


Synonymsapprehensive


Similarperceptive


Antonymsunperceiving, unperceptive

4. discerning able to make or detect effects of great subtlety; sensitive


SamplesDiscerning taste.
A discerning eye for color.


Similardiscriminating


Antonymsindiscriminating, undiscriminating









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