Definition of discretionary
1 : left to discretion : exercised at one's own discretion
2 : available for discretionary use <discretionary purchasing power>
Examples of discretionary in a sentence
<discretionary spending on luxuries dropped dramatically last year>
First Known Use of discretionary
DISCRETIONARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of discretionary for English Language Learners
: available to be used when and how you decide
: done or used when necessary
Additional Notes on discretionary
A public official generally has qualified immunity from lawsuits that arise from his or her discretionary acts.
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