Discrete and Discreet
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between discrete and discreet?
Discrete means individually distinct. For example:
- The ship has four discrete sections.
- His service is very discreet.
Discrete and DiscreetThe words discrete and discreet sound identical, but their meanings are different (i.e., they are homonyms).
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DiscreteThe adjective discrete means individually distinct or separate (i.e., something that is not part of something else).
- There is a rack on the bench that contains all the discrete electronic components.
- Our club has three discrete membership categories.
DiscreetThe adjective discreet means respecting secrecy, inconspicuous, or diplomatic.
- You can trust my aide — he is very discreet.
- The painting was won by a discreet telephone bidder.
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