discretion etymology

English word discretion comes from Latin cerno

Detailed word origin of discretion

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
cerno Latin (lat) I decide. I distinguish, discern, see. I perceive. I separate, sift.
discernere Latin (lat)
discrētiō Late Latin (LL)
discretion Old French (fro) Discretion (ability to make one's own judgments).
discretion English (eng) The ability to make wise choices or decisions.. The freedom to make one's own judgements.. The quality of being discreet or circumspect.

Words with the same origin as discretion

Descendants of cerno
certain certainty concern concrete crime criminal decree discreet discrimination espresso express expression incriminating secret secretary secretive