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[ US /dɪsˈkɹɛʃəˌnɛɹi/ ]
[ UK /dɪskɹˈɛʃənəɹi/ ]
  1. (especially of funds) not earmarked; available for use as needed
    discretionary funds
    discretionary income
  2. having or using the ability to act or decide according to your own discretion or judgment
    The commission has discretionary power to award extra funds
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How To Use discretionary In A Sentence

  • Families are switching their spending from essentials such as food and petrol to discretionary items as they treat themselves to little luxuries. Times, Sunday Times
  • Hon. Members must recall that these are, after all, discretionary awards.
  • The commission has discretionary power to award extra funds
  • The rule of law operates as a bar to untrammelled discretionary power.
  • As its name suggests, a discretionary will trust gives the trustees complete control over when the beneficiaries inherit. Times, Sunday Times
  • After three years of increases in discretionary spending power, households are beginning to feel the squeeze. Times, Sunday Times
  • It also virtually freezes funding for domestic discretionary programs other than homeland security.
  • Take, for example, the issue of the award of discretionary grants to students.
  • Thus, the bank instructed simply to buy or sell securities has fewer fiduciary duties than if it is the manager of a discretionary fund.
  • Secondly, they retained 25 percent of capitation monies outside the formula system for discretionary allocations.
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