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    Practise Discretion

    According to this dictionary entry ( learnersdictionary.com/definition/discretion ), "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)

    Assuming "practice" (US verb) = "practise" (UK verb). 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: Practise Discretion

    Wow. You and Katyu must be telepathic. You've both posted exactly the same thread. No, really. Look. It's amazing!

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...iscretion.html

    I'm not Sherlock Holmes but something rum is afoot here.

    Volograd, can you explain?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Nov-2013 at 00:26.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Practise Discretion

    It's a clone of a certain banned user again.

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