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    Discretion

    According to this dictionary entry, "discretion" could mean approximately either 1) the right to choose what to do or 2) the quality of being careful what you do. The dictionary has these two example sentences illustrating those two senses:

    1. The coach used/exercised his own discretion to let the injured quarterback play. (for sense 1)
    2. He always uses care and discretion when dealing with others. (for sense 2)

    If I write this:

    "He practices discretion when dealing with problems.

    should "discretion" have the "right to choose" sense or the "being careful" sense? Or is it ambiguous?

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    Re: Discretion

    I​ wouldn't use "practises" with "discretion".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Discretion

    Amazing. You and Volograd must be telepathic. Identical posts.

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...ml#post1028094

    Hopefully, one or the other of you can explain this amazing coincidence.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Nov-2013 at 00:28.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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