discerning

Meaning(s)

1. having or showing insight or good judgement

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have a discerning eye for something

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Someone who is 'discerning' shows knowledge and insight or good judgement in a situation or on a particular topic. This is an adjective used to describe a person, and it is often used to talk about critics: "She is a discerning music critic who knows a lot about the genre." "I'd like to get a special bottle of wine for dinner. My guest is very discerning when it comes to French reds." The adjective 'discerning' can have a positive or negative connotation and can be used in social and professional situations.

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  1. Frank had spent most of his life in the art trade, so he had a discerning eye when it came to identifying a fake painting from a genuine original.
  2. I got some great ingredients for dinner this weekend, you know how discerning my father is when it comes to food!

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  1. Helen went through the job applications discerningly. She believed firmly in the importance of doing due diligence when hiring staff.
  2. Our target market are older customers with disposable income and discerning palates.

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