What does discretionary mean?

Definitions for discretionarydɪˈskrɛʃ əˌnɛr i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word discretionary.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. discretionary, discretional(adj)

    having or using the ability to act or decide according to your own discretion or judgment

    "The commission has discretionary power to award extra funds"

  2. discretionary(adj)

    (especially of funds) not earmarked; available for use as needed

    "discretionary funds"; "discretionary income"


  1. discretionary(Adjective)

    Available at one's discretion; able to be used as one chooses; left to or regulated by one's own discretion or judgment.

  2. Origin: . Compare discrétionnaire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discretionary

    left to discretion; unrestrained except by discretion or judgment; as, an ambassador with discretionary powers

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. discrtionnaire.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discretionary in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discretionary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Bratton:

    We're coming out of what was a pretty widespread stoppage of certain types of activity, the discretionary type of activity, by and large.

  2. James Smalley:

    The market is looking further and thinking that Air New Zealand may be affected if the slowdown in the Chinese economy does start to have an impact on discretionary spending on holidays.

  3. Thiruman Archunan:

    Nature takes the decision first, man agrees, reconciles, modifies, refutes, contradicts etc., subsequently. It means the application of reason, the discretionary power of a man, only happens afterwards!

  4. Luca Solca:

    The Russian luxury market is made by relatively few consumers with very high discretionary spending power, as epitomised by the 'Russian oligarch', these consumers have higher exposure to high-end versus accessible luxury brands and categories... such as Brioni and Cartier.

  5. Mitch McConnell:

    Our Democratic friends want to spend more on everything. We'd like to spend more on defense. And so there will be a sort of grand negotiation here in the fall between the two sides over just how big the discretionary budget of the United States government ought to be and how it ought to be spent.

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