- 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
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Examples from the Web for discretionary
And customers at the lower end of the income skill are struggling to make ends meet, which pinches their discretionary spending.Domino’s Fried-Chicken Pizza Means We’ve Hit Peak Food Trolling
April 16, 2014
Discretionary spending comes up every year for renewal; the biggest-ticket item in that category is the defense budget.
The federal budget is split into two large categories known as “discretionary” spending and “mandatory” spending.
For starters, many of the discretionary programs the sequester slashes partially pay for themselves.Republicans Don’t Really Care About Reducing America’s Debt
October 21, 2013
Rather than rationalize the tax code, or reform entitlements, the government has taken a cleaver to discretionary spending.A Debt Deal Won’t Save Us
October 15, 2013
With me, of course, his powers were discretionary—or rather, had no discretion whatever.Arthur O'Leary
Charles James Lever
The persons entrusted with them have no discretionary power.Strictures on Nullification
Alexander Hill Everett
It may be needless to add that a discretionary power was then extended to him.Random Shots From a Rifleman
But the exercise of the active right of legation is discretionary.International Law. A Treatise. Volume I (of 2)
Lassa Francis Oppenheim
Take away from the court the discretionary power to discharge, and the writ is rendered an idle form.
- having or using the ability to decide at one's own discretiondiscretionary powers
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Word Origin and History for discretionary
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