Definition of discretionary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈskreʃənəri//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskreʃəneri//
[usually before noun] (formal)
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decided according to the judgement of a person in authority about what is necessary in each particular situation; not decided by rules You may be eligible for a discretionary grant for your university course. The court has a discretionary power to appoint a receiver in such circumstances.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: discretionary