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Thursday, November 20, 2003

20 NOV 03

From Merriam-Webster.

Discreet

Pronunciation: di-‘skrEt

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French discret, from Medieval Latin discretus, from Latin, past participle of discernere: to separate, distinguish between — more at DISCERN

Date: 14th century

1 : having or showing discernment or good judgment in conduct and especially in speech : PRUDENT; especially : capable of preserving prudent silence

2 : UNPRETENTIOUS, MODEST (the warmth and discreet elegance of a civilized home — Joseph Wechsberg)

3 : UNOBTRUSIVE, UNNOTICEABLE (followed at a discreet distance)

dis·creet·ly adverb

dis·creet·ness noun

Discrete

Pronunciation: dis-‘krEt, ‘dis-“

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin discretus

Date: 14th century

1 : constituting a separate entity : individually distinct

2 a : consisting of distinct or unconnected elements : NONCONTINUOUS b : taking on or having a finite or countably infinite number of values (discrete probabilities) (a discrete random variable)

synonym see DISTINCT

dis·crete·ly adverb

dis·crete·ness noun

The Management did not learn these were discrete words until Monday.

We blame society.

We’re relying on your discretion in this matter. Either one.

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