discretionary

[ dih-skresh-uh-ner-ee ]
/ dɪˈskrɛʃ əˌnɛr i /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. discrete variable,
  2. discretely,
  3. discretion,
  4. discretion is the better part of valor,
  5. discretional,
  6. discretionary account,
  7. discretionary trust,
  8. discretization,
  9. discriminable,
  10. discriminant

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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British Dictionary definitions for nondiscretionary

discretionary

discretional

/ (dɪˈskrɛʃənərɪ, -ənrɪ) /

adjective

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 nondiscretionary

discretionary

adj.

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

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