adjective /dɪˈskrɛʃ(ə)n(ə)ri,dɪsˈkrɛʃəˌnɛri/
Available at ones discretion; able to be used as one chooses; left to or regulated by ones own discretion or judgment. e.g., discretionary income, discretionary powers.

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  • discretionary — 1680s (implied in discretionarily); see DISCRETION (Cf. discretion) + ARY (Cf. ary) …   Etymology dictionary

  • discretionary — [adj] open to choice at the call*, elective, facultative, judge and jury, leftover, nonmandatory, nonobligatory, open, optional, unrestricted; concept 546 Ant. nondiscretionary …   New thesaurus

  • discretionary — [di skresh′əner΄ē] adj. left to one s discretion; regulated by one s own choice: also discretional …   English World dictionary

  • discretionary — A discretionary broker buys and sells shares on behalf of the client and also has the authority to make investment decisions without the prior approval of the client. London Stock Exchange Glossary * * * discretionary UK US /dɪˈskreʃənəri/… …   Financial and business terms

  • discretionary — [[t]dɪskre̱ʃənri, AM neri[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Discretionary things are not fixed by rules but are decided on by people in authority, who consider each individual case. Magistrates were given wider discretionary powers... Check whether you are… …   English dictionary

  • discretionary — adjective 1. having or using the ability to act or decide according to your own discretion or judgment (Freq. 1) The commission has discretionary power to award extra funds • Syn: ↑discretional • Similar to: ↑arbitrary • Derivationally related… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Discretionary — Discretional Dis*cre tion*al, Discretionary Dis*cre tion*a*ry, [Cf. F. discr[ e]tionnaire.] Left to discretion; unrestrained except by discretion or judgment; as, an ambassador with discretionary powers …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • discretionary — adjective Date: 1698 1. left to discretion ; exercised at one s own discretion 2. available for discretionary use < discretionary purchasing power > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • discretionary — discretionarily, adv. /di skresh euh ner ee/, adj. 1. subject or left to one s own discretion. 2. for any use or purpose one chooses; not earmarked for a particular purpose: discretionary income; a discretionary fund. [1690 1700; DISCRETION +… …   Universalium

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