discretionary

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

discretion +‎ -ary (pertaining to). Compare French discrétionnaire.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈskɹɛʃən(ə)ɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /dɪsˈkɹɛʃəˌnɛɹi/

Adjective[edit]

discretionary (comparative more discretionary, superlative most discretionary)

  1. Available at one's discretion; able to be used as one chooses; left to or regulated by one's own discretion or judgment.
    discretionary income
    discretionary powers
    • 2020 May 6, Prof. Andrew McNaughton, “Time to challenge some sacred philosophies of recent years”, in Rail, page 32:
      The new normal: Will demand quickly return to pre-COVID levels?
      Unlikely, if only because with the country (and the world) in deep recession, many younger people will be in serious financial difficulty. A lack of disposable income simply won't allow them much discretionary travel.

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