Definition of "discretionary" []

  • Left to or regulated by one's own discretion or judgment. (adjective)
  • Available for use as needed or desired: a discretionary fund. (adjective)
  • Having or using the ability to decide at one's own discretion (adjective)

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Use "discretionary" in a sentence
  • "Then, again, the courts have what they term discretionary grounds for divorce."
  • "This deals with what we call discretionary spending."
  • "So really only one-third of the pie is what we call discretionary spending and you can identify with this in your own budget, where there's some things that have to be paid, and there's some things you can play with."