discernment
/di serrn"meuhnt, -zerrn"-/, n.
1. the faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding.
2. the act or an instance of discerning.
[1580-90; < MF discernement, equiv. to discern(er) to DISCERN + -ment -MENT]
Syn. 1. judgment, perspicacity, penetration, insight.

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