Definitions: (1) good judgment in conduct <mainly in speech>; (2) unpretentious; modest(3) capable of preserving silence; cautious; prudent(4) able to discern hidden meanings or motive and keeping them unrevealed

Derivation: Latin, “to discern,” “distinguish”; to separate or sift apart

Synonyms: careful, circumspect, wary

Familial Qualityperspicacity

• Discretion is the better part of valor.

• If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

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.