[ dih-skresh-uh-ner-ee ]
/ dɪˈskrɛʃ əˌnɛr i /
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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.
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Origin of discretionary
First recorded in 1690–1700; discretion + -ary
OTHER WORDS FROM discretionarydis·cre·tion·ar·i·ly, adverbnon·dis·cre·tion·ar·y, adjective
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How to use discretionary in a sentence
All spending, discretionary and non-discretionary, needs to be on the table.A Centrist Gets Fighting Mad|Mark McKinnon|October 13, 2010|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for discretionary
/ (dɪˈskrɛʃənərɪ, -ənrɪ) /
having or using the ability to decide at one's own discretiondiscretionary powers
Derived forms of discretionarydiscretionarily or discretionally, adverb
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