Definition of 'Discernment'
Discernment involves the ability to make judgements and reach decisions without being unduly influenced by extraneous considerations, fears, personal attachments and the like(1). Discernment brings sensitive insight, acute judgement, and understanding to action.
Discernmnt involves understabding that principles and rules are relevant in a variety of circumstances and how such rules and principles are relevant.
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