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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


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.


Broader (hypernym)wisdom, wiseness

Narrower (hyponym)caution, circumspection, prudence

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