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 The influx also provides $518 million of nondiscretionary funds to Alaska and $220 million for public health and safety, workforce development, education, transportation, and emergency management. Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2021 Ninety percent of the nondiscretionary funds are required to go directly to school districts, or Local Education Agencies. Vivian Jones, Washington Examiner, 25 Feb. 2021 Their poor grasp of the discretionary and nondiscretionary comma is not their fault. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, 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 25 Jul. 2021.

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