[ 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

First recorded in 1690–1700; discretion + -ary

OTHER WORDS FROM discretionary

dis·cre·tion·ar·i·ly, adverbnon·dis·cre·tion·ar·y, adjective
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/ (dɪˈskrɛʃənərɪ, -ənrɪ) /


having or using the ability to decide at one's own discretiondiscretionary powers

Derived forms of discretionary

discretionarily or discretionally, adverb
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