Definition of discretionary in English:



  • 1Available for use at the discretion of the user.

    ‘there has been an increase in year-end discretionary bonuses’
    • ‘Consuming less means people can work less and that increases the amount of their discretionary free time.’
    • ‘It's the first time she's used her discretionary power since taking over as Immigration Minister just over a month ago.’
    • ‘As a result there was very little money left for discretionary services, like free transport and leisure facilities.’
    • ‘The order would also give the police discretionary powers to confiscate alcohol if they believe its consumption is causing a public nuisance.’
    • ‘His object in this is to take advantage of the discretionary nature of the relief available to the court in such a case.’
    • ‘This festival, like others, has fallen foul of cuts made to the council's discretionary services by the cabinet, of which I am a member.’
    • ‘He adds a love of the horse and availability of discretionary spending was keeping interest high.’
    • ‘He therefore suggested that the police use the discretionary policy to deal with the problem.’
    • ‘They keep taxes high but then give discretionary relief in the form of grants to their mates.’
    • ‘This is a 2 percent rise plus a one-off discretionary bonus payment of between nothing and £400.’
    • ‘Compare this to the discretionary spending available to, say, a family-owned company.’
    • ‘He held that the decision not to make improvements to the safety of a road junction was ultimately a discretionary matter of policy for the council to decide.’
    • ‘He is wearing proper attire and earns discretionary bonus points for an impeccably hand-tied bow.’
    • ‘Do you think you have sufficient discretionary powers?’
    • ‘The council must now notify leaseholders again to tell them that the original discretionary arrangement will be retained after all.’
    • ‘However, the use of those measures for these charges is discretionary - not mandatory.’
    • ‘As for pornography, the librarian has discretionary powers to censor what he deems too racy for the prison populace.’
    • ‘This does not require discretionary policy measures: the working of automatic stabilizers will drive up deficits.’
    • ‘These were entirely discretionary decisions which were open to them on the evidence and material before them.’
    • ‘The hotel's 800 employees agreed to forgo discretionary annual bonuses recently in hopes of saving jobs.’
    optional, non-compulsory, voluntary, at one's discretion, up to the individual, non-mandatory, elective, open to choice
    open, unrestricted
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    1. 1.1Denoting or relating to investment funds placed with a broker or manager who has discretion to invest them on the client's behalf.
      ‘discretionary portfolios’
      • ‘Thus, the bank instructed simply to buy or sell securities has fewer fiduciary duties than if it is the manager of a discretionary fund.’
      • ‘Further, a consumer may have a discretionary account with a broker who then decides where and how much to invest.’
      • ‘I am often asked how much time I spend each week on managing my discretionary clients' portfolios.’
      • ‘There are two types of trusts available to parents - fixed and discretionary - and each has a different tax structure.’
      • ‘As for consumers, rising oil prices are shrinking discretionary funds and dampening spending.’