Definition of discretionary
1 : left to individual choice or judgment : exercised at one's own discretion discretionary powers
2 : available for discretionary use discretionary income
Examples of discretionary in a Sentence
discretionary spending on luxuries dropped dramatically last year
Recent Examples of discretionary from the Web
The discretionary nature of the company's products potentially leaves it vulnerable to a spending slowdown as disposable incomes are squeezed.
Analysts at Societe Generale SA see such spending boosting the region’s economic growth, and recommend focusing on companies selling discretionary items rather than staples.
Specifically, the proposal would cut $50 billion from the non-discretionary budget, according to Politico.
That project's budget is $200,000, with $50,000 coming from Benson's discretionary fund.
The jury also gave out three discretionary awards of $4,000 each to semifinalists Dasol Kim, Leonardo Pierdomenico and Tony Yike Yang.
To cover that $1 million, the mayor will remove $675,000 in discretionary funding from two council members who oppose the special election: Barbara Bry and Chris Ward.
Amazon and Netflix, for instance, are consumer-discretionary companies that rely heavily on technology.
Each plan caps your monthly payment at between 10 percent and 20 percent of your discretionary income and increases your loan term from 10 years to 20 or 25 years.
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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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