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discretionary

[dih-skresh-uh-ner-ee]
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adjective
  1. subject or left to one's own discretion.
  2. for any use or purpose one chooses; not earmarked for a particular purpose: discretionary income; a discretionary fund.
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Origin of discretionary

First recorded in 1690–1700; discretion + -ary
Related formsdis·cre·tion·ar·i·ly, adverbnon·dis·cre·tion·ar·y, adjective
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  • Whether that authority should be more or less than congress then discretionarily exercised was not the question.

    The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume II

    Thomas Paine


British Dictionary definitions for discretionarily

discretionary

discretional

adjective
  1. having or using the ability to decide at one's own discretiondiscretionary powers
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Derived Formsdiscretionarily or discretionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for discretionarily

discretionary

adj.

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

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