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

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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Related Words for discretionary

unrestricted, elective, leftover, open, optional, facultative

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

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

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