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discerning adj
1 having or revealing keen insight and good judgment; "a discerning critic"; "a discerning reader" [ant: undiscerning]
2 unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic; "a discerning editor"; "a discreet silence" [syn: discreet]
3 quick to understand; "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne [syn: apprehensive]
4 able to make or detect effects of great subtlety; sensitive; "discerning taste"; "a discerning eye for color"

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  1. present participle of discern


  1. Of keen insight or good judgement; perceptive.

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