Etymology
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discerning (adj.)

"having or showing discernment, discriminating, acute," c. 1600, present-participle adjective from discern (v.) in the sense "discover by the intellect, understand." Related: Discerningly.

updated on June 22, 2020

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Definitions of discerning from WordNet

discerning (adj.)
having or revealing keen insight and good judgment;
a discerning critic
a discerning reader
discerning (adj.)
unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic;
a discerning editor
Synonyms: discreet
discerning (adj.)
quick to understand; "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne;
Synonyms: apprehensive
discerning (adj.)
able to make or detect effects of great subtlety; sensitive;
discerning taste
a discerning eye for color
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