Being discrete discreetly

Discreet or discrete?

They sound and look similar, but their meanings are different, so how do you know which one to use?

Discrete (adjective) means separate or individually distinct.

Discreet (adjective) means circumspect or tactful.

So saying “the owner installed a discreet wind turbine on the property” explains that the turbine was unobtrusive, while saying “the owner installed two discrete generators” emphasises that two separate generators were installed.

The difference between ete and eet is an important one.

Robert Zarywacz

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