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Cf. French. discernement (17th c.)
- 1. a. The act of discerning or perceiving by the intellect; intellectual perception or apprehension.
- b. The faculty of discerning; discrimination, judgement; keenness of intellectual perception; penetration, insight.
- 2. The act of distinguishing; a distinction. Obs. (Cf. DISCERN v. 2.)