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"
- present participle of discern
acute, apperceptive, appercipient, argute, astute, cogent, farseeing, farsighted, foreseeing, foresighted, forethoughted, forethoughtful, gnostic, incisive, insightful, judicious, knowing, knowledgeable, longheaded, longsighted, penetrating, perceptive, percipient, perspicacious, perspicuous, piercing, provident, sagacious, sage, trenchant, understanding