Pronunciation: (di-skresh'un),[key] —n. 1. the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment; freedom of judgment or choice: It is entirely within my discretion whether I will go or stay. 2. the quality of being discreet, esp. with reference to one's own actions or speech; prudence or decorum: Throwing all discretion to the winds, he blurted out the truth. 3. at discretion, at one's option or pleasure: They were allowed to work overtime at discretion.