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Word: discretion

Definition: prudence; ability to adjust actions to circumstances; freedom of action or judgment; ADJ. discreet; CF. discretionary


Sentences Containing 'discretion'

"A certain selection and discretion must be used in producing a realistic effect," remarked Holmes.
"Since arriving at an age of discretion, the beauty and the simple purity of Islam have always appealed to me.
'Really,' interrupted Mrs. Markleham, 'if I have any discretion at all--' ('Which you haven't, you Marplot,' observed my aunt, in an indignant whisper.) --'I must be permitted to observe that it cannot be requisite to enter into these details.'
(The Attorney General does not have this discretion if the applicant has also been granted withholding of deportation.)
A young citizen had put out his eye, and been handed over to him by the people to be punished at his own discretion.
And what do I care for more, if that for which I was born and brought forth into the world (to rule all my desires with reason and discretion) may be?
As we have said, the inspector, from discretion, and that he might not disturb the Abbe Faria's pupil in his researches, had seated himself in a corner, and was reading Le Drapeau Blanc.
But you have a discretion beyond your years, and can render me another kind of service, if you will; and a service I will thankfully accept of.'
He assumed an expression of gloomy intelligence (though I am persuaded he knew no more about the discussion than I did), and highly approved of the discretion that had been observed.
He made war according to his own discretion, frequently against his neighbours, and sometimes against his sovereign.
He would not be required to consult in cases where he was specifically authorised by the Constitution to act in his discretion or on the advice of, or after consultation with, some other person or authority.
Her face, therefore, like that of the gentleman, was perfectly unknown to the two concierges, who were perhaps unequalled throughout the capital for discretion.
Hip flasks can vary in shape, although they are usually contoured to match the curve of the wearer's hip or thigh, for comfort and discretion.
How much less when by the help of reason she is able to judge of things with discretion?
I suppose then, that going plump on a flying whale with your sail set in a foggy squall is the height of a whaleman's discretion?"
I understand that this gentleman, your friend, is a man of honour and discretion, whom I may trust with a matter of the most extreme importance.
If thou beest quick-sighted, be so in matter of judgment, and best discretion, saith he.
In 1970 The Supreme Court of Canada was concerned with exclusionary discretion within the judicial system.
In February Gates announced that the ban would be lifted, and permission for coverage of individual soldiers would be at the discretion of their next of kin.
In most leagues, the referee has the discretion to call a game misconduct on a player charged with boarding due to the likelihood of injury to the boarded player.
In R. v. Wray the term “probative value” is used to explain that “judges in criminal cases do not have a discretion to exclude evidence because of how it was obtained.” The sole discretion to exclude evidence is based on the weighing of prejudicial value and probative value.
It is at the discretion of the owner whether (and in some circumstances when) to exercise it.
Lydia laughed, and said:``Aye, that is just like your formality and discretion.
On May 8, 2013, Superior Court vacated the finding of delinquency, citing "palpable abuse of discretion".
Opponents of Measure 11 argued that judges should be allowed discretion in sentencing and should be able to account for the particular circumstances of a given crime.
Philip replied that they should "surrender at discretion or fight like men."
Secretary of State William F. Galvin has discretion over the order of questions on the ballot.
SHERLOCK HOLMES:--Lord Backwater tells me that I may place implicit reliance upon your judgment and discretion.
Similarly, a 1975 amendment to the Lanham Act gives courts discretion in awarding reasonable attorneys’ fees to a prevailing party in “exceptional” circumstances.
Since I have arrived at years of discretion and become my own master, I have been constantly seeking him, but all in vain.
Tell whosoever they be that intend not, and guide not by reason and discretion the motions of their own souls, they must of necessity be unhappy.
The application is pretty much regulated according to the discretion of the intendant of the generality, and must, therefore, be in a great measure arbitrary.
The common ploughman, though generally regarded as the pattern of stupidity and ignorance, is seldom defective in this judgment and discretion.
The condition of the materials which he works upon, too, is as variable as that of the instruments which he works with, and both require to be managed with much judgment and discretion.
The Court of Appeal stated that sentencing is neither an exact science nor an exercise of raw discretion.
The decision to patrol towards the red line was left to the discretion of divisional commanders.
The decision to proceed by way of DAT will always be in the discretion of the police department.
The Doctor's desire that Annie should be entertained, was therefore particularly acceptable to this excellent parent; who expressed unqualified approval of his discretion.
The fetid closeness of the air, and a famishing diet, united perhaps to some fears of ultimate retribution, had constrained them to surrender at discretion.
The jury is composed by the judges invited at the sole discretion of the organizing club of the ECMC Annual General Meeting, i.e. Leather Friends Italia.
Their competition might, perhaps, ruin some of themselves; but to take care of this, is the business of the parties concerned, and it may safely be trusted to their discretion.
Therefore, the choice between rule-making and adjudication lies in the informed discretion of the agency.
These are named after St Edmund Campion SJ's "brag" and replace the Commendation system where certificates would be awarded at a teacher's discretion.
These elements were left to the national bodies' discretion.
These two time frames are used at the discretion of the students as long as it is academically oriented..
To comprehend all in a few words, our life is short; we must endeavour to gain the present time with best discretion and justice.
To judge whether he is fit to be employed, may surely be trusted to the discretion of the employers, whose interest it so much concerns.
We may as well wait, perhaps, till the circumstance occurs before we discuss the discretion of his behavior thereupon.
What then is it that may upon this present occasion according to best reason and discretion, either be said or done?
``Kitty has no discretion in her coughs,''said her father;``she times them ill.''``I do not cough for my own amusement,''replied Kitty fretfully.

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