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

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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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