I adjective acute, astute, circumspect, clever, cognizant, conscious, critical, discreet, discriminating, discriminative, incisive, intelligent, judicious, juridical, keen-sighted, knowing, lucid, omniscient, penetrating, perceptive, perspicacious, provident, rational, reasonable, responsive, sagacious, sage, sapient, sensible, sensitive, sharp, shrewd, subtle, understanding, wise associated concepts: discern right from wrong II index acute, circumspect, cognizant, conscious (aware), discreet, discriminating (judicious), incisive, judicious, juridical, lucid, omniscient, perceptive, perspicacious, provident (showing foresight), rational, reasonable (rational), responsive, sapient, sensible, subtle (refined)

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  • discerning — discerning; un·discerning; …   English syllables

  • Discerning — Dis*cern ing, a. Acute; shrewd; sagacious; sharp sighted. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • discerning — action of perceiving, late 14c., verbal noun from DISCERN (Cf. discern). As a prp. adjective, attested from c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • discerning — [adj] discriminating acute, astute, bright, brilliant, clear sighted, clever, critical, gnostic, ingenious, insighted, insightful, intelligent, judicious, knowing, knowledgeable, penetrating, perceptive, percipient, perspicacious, piercing,… …   New thesaurus

  • discerning — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or showing good judgement. DERIVATIVES discernment noun …   English terms dictionary

  • discerning — [di zʉrn′iŋ, dis sʉrn′iŋ] adj. having or showing good judgment or understanding; astute discerningly adv …   English World dictionary

  • discerning — [[t]dɪsɜ͟ː(r)nɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED (approval) If you describe someone as discerning, you mean that they are able to judge which things of a particular kind are good and which are bad. ...tailor made holidays to suit the more discerning traveller …   English dictionary

  • discerning — di|scern|ing [dıˈsə:nıŋ US ə:r ] adj showing the ability to make good judgments, especially about art, music, style etc = ↑discriminating ▪ an ideal tour for the discerning traveller the discerning eye/ear (=someone who can make good judgments… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • discerning — adjective showing the ability to make good judgements, especially about art, music, style etc: Amanda liked to think she was discerning in her tastes. | With prices down by a third, there are many bargains around for the discerning buyer …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Discerning — Discern Dis*cern , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discerned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discerning}.] [F. discerner, L. discernere, discretum; dis + cernere to separate, distinguish. See {Certain}, and cf. {Discreet}.] 1. To see and identify by noting a difference… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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