from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Exhibiting keen insight and good judgment; perceptive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of discern.
- adj. Of keen insight or good judgement; perceptive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Acute; shrewd; sagacious; sharp-sighted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having power to discern; discriminating; penetrating; acute: as, a discerning man; a discerning mind.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. quick to understand
- adj. having or revealing keen insight and good judgment
- adj. unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic
- adj. able to make or detect effects of great subtlety; sensitive
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Sometimes prisoners lie and sometimes their jailers do, but Dr. Brooks and his fellow warriors for the Lord haven't had much success in discerning which is which.
Clerval, whose eyes and feelings were always quick in discerning the sensations of others, declined the subject, alleging, in excuse, his total ignorance; and the conversation took a more general turn.
Williams honestly believes that as cantuar, and as a member of the Church Catholic, he is called to participate with others in discerning the mind of the Church, responsive to the will of God.
Did you know that a shot of espresso is so volatile that after seven seconds standing, it will taste significantly less good to certain discerning consumers?
As host of the "Explore Your Spirit with Kala" show and author of the award-winning "9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled," "Ghosthunting North Carolina" and "The Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Evolution of Your Energy Body," Kala Ambrose's wisdom teachings are described as discerning, empowering and inspiring.
Which is why hypotheticals have limited utility in discerning anything.
Pinker suggests that fMRI studies can show how women's "neural hardware" gives them an edge in discerning emotion.
The one problem I always seem to have is in discerning between sarcasm and bitterness, the two tones often coming neck-to-neck with one another.
Precisely because of their different perspectives and methodologies, reading the two accounts together aids in discerning the place of literature in psychical reality.
On the one hand, it is interesting that the eye works logarithmically in discerning brightness, and this has historical significance in astronomy.
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