- left to or regulated by one's own discretion or judgment: an appointee with discretionary powersalso dis·cre′tional
- administered by a proxy: a discretionary investment account
The definition of discretionary is something that you use as desired or needed.
When you have petty cash available to you to use, the money you spend is an example of discretionary spending.
- Left to or regulated by one's own discretion or judgment.
- Available for use as needed or desired: a discretionary fund.
(comparative more discretionary, superlative most discretionary)
- Taking time to fill out applications and making an effort to get more money for college can dramatically reduce the amount you'll pay in loans later and may even leave you with a greater amount of discretionary spending money.
- The president of each house has the discretionary power of appointing additional laymen, not exceeding ten in number.
- Subject to his control the government of India enjoys a certain discretionary Finance.
- The court which can award a sentence is said to possess as of common right a discretionary power of granting a reprieve.
- In 1880 a provisional Bill was submitted to parliament giving the crown discretionary power not to enforce the laws.