Discretion

Definition - Noun
: power of free decision or latitude of choice within certain bounds imposed by law <reached the age of ~> <struck down death penalty provisions administered through unbridled jury ~ ­L. H. Tribe>: as
a  : the power of a judge to use his or her own judgment in making decisions guided by what is fair and equitable and by principles of law
see also abuse of discretion
b  : the power of a public official or employee to act and make decisions based on his or her own judgment or conscience within the bounds of reason and the law
Pronunciationdis-'kre-sh&n

Pronunciation Key

  • \&\ as a and u in a b ut
  • \[^&]\ as e in kitt en
  • \&r\ as ur and er in f urther
  • \a\ as a inash
  • \A\ as a in ace
  • \?\ as o in m op
  • \au\ as ou in ou t
  • \ch\ as ch in ch in
  • \e\ as e in bet
  • \E\ as ea in easy
  • \g\ as g in go
  • \i\ as i in hit
  • \I\ as i in ice
  • \j\ as j in job
  • \[ng]\ as ng in sing
  • \O\ as o in go
  • \o\ as aw in law
  • \oi\ as oy in boy
  • \th\ as th in thin
  • \[th_]\ as thin the
  • \?\ as oo in loot
  • \u\ as oo in foot
  • \y\ as y in yet
  • \zh\ as si in vision


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