non·​dis·​cre·​tion·​ary | \ ˌnän-dis-ˈkre-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce nondiscretionary (audio) \

Definition of nondiscretionary

: not left to discretion or exercised at one's own discretion : not discretionary nondiscretionary purchases such as food and housing During the first half of the 1990s, Americans were forced to spend more for certain nondiscretionary items …— Cheryl Russell

Examples of nondiscretionary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their poor grasp of the discretionary and nondiscretionary comma is not their fault. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Semantic Drift," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of nondiscretionary

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Nondiscretionary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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