harkinnanvarainen

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

harkinnan (of discretion, consideration) +‎ varainen (dependent)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɑrˑkinˑnɑnˌʋɑˑrɑiˑnen/

Adjective[edit]

harkinnanvarainen

  1. discretionary (depending on someone's judgment)
    Useimmat osavaltioiden myöntämät yritystuet ovat harkinnanvaraisia.
    Most subsidies that are given to corporations by state governments are discretionary.

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Usage notes[edit]

The use of the word harkinnanvarainen usually indicates that the decision is made by an authority or superior. If the decision is made by the person to whom it mainly concerns, the term valinnainen is often used.

  • harkinnanvarainen avustus -- discretionary subsidy
  • valinnainen kurssi -- discretionary course

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