Definitions: (1) good judgment in conduct; (2) unpretentious; modest; (3) capable of preserving silence; cautious; prudent; (4) able to determine hidden meanings or motive and keep them unrevealed
Derivation: Latin, “to discern,” “distinguish;” to separate or sift apart
Synonyms: careful, circumspect
Familial Quality: perspicacity
• Discretion is the better part of valor.
• If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
Quote: Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious. — Arthur Wellesley (1769–1852) 1st Duke of Wellington
Tip: Watch what you say. Before you say it, project what effect it will have on the listeners, and those who it may be within earshot.