discretionary

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adjective dis·cre·tion·ary \-ˈkre-shə-ˌner-ē\

Definition of discretionary

  1. 1 :  left to individual choice or judgment :  exercised at one's own discretion discretionary powers

  2. 2 :  available for discretionary use discretionary income

Examples of discretionary in a Sentence

  1. discretionary spending on luxuries dropped dramatically last year

Origin and Etymology of discretionary

see discreet


First Known Use: 1698


DISCRETIONARY Defined for English Language Learners

discretionary

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adjective dis·cre·tion·ary \-ˈkre-shə-ˌner-ē\

Definition of discretionary for English Language Learners

  • : available to be used when and how you decide

  • : done or used when necessary


Law Dictionary

discretionary

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adjective dis·cre·tion·ary \dis-ˈkre-shə-ˌner-ē\

Legal Definition of discretionary

  1. :  left to discretion :  exercised at one's own discretion; specifically :  relating to the policy-making function of a public official — see also Federal Tort Claims Act — compare ministerial

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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