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[dih-skresh-uh-ner-ee] /dɪˈskrɛʃ əˌnɛr i/
subject or left to one's own discretion.
for any use or purpose one chooses; not earmarked for a particular purpose:
discretionary income; a discretionary fund.
Origin of discretionary
1690-1700; discretion + -ary
Related forms
discretionarily, adverb
nondiscretionary, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for discretionary
  • The president has proposed a five-year freeze of discretionary spending, excluding national security spending.
  • When people have less discretionary funds, tourism drops off and you begin to see a ripple effect.
  • State budgets have been a persistent drag on output, offsetting much of the discretionary boost from stimulus.
  • Once the basics are met, plus a certain amount of discretionary resources, you reach a point of diminishing returns.
  • The hardware team is using whatever discretionary power it still has to make its move to keep this zombie division alive.
  • The fact is, there is not enough money in any of the discretionary accounts to wrestle the deficit under control.
  • The president has made a commitment to keep the growth of the domestic discretionary budget to less than the inflation rate.
  • But trying to do the math on buying a boat will often end badly, as it will with many large discretionary purchases.
  • It is possible that she received discretionary funds from her dean for this.
  • The rest of it comes from freezing non-defence discretionary spending in nominal terms.
British Dictionary definitions for discretionary


/dɪˈskrɛʃənərɪ; -ənrɪ/
having or using the ability to decide at one's own discretion: discretionary powers
Derived Forms
discretionarily, discretionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for discretionary

1680s (implied in discretionarily); see discretion + -ary.

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