• WordNet 3.6
    • adj discretionary 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"
    • adj discretionary (especially of funds) not earmarked; available for use as needed "discretionary funds","discretionary income"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discretionary Left to discretion; limited or restrained only by discretion or judgment: as, an ambassador invested with discretionary powers (that is, empowered to act according to circumstances).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Discretionary left to discretion: unrestricted,—advs. Discre′tionally, Discre′tionarily
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. discretion-em, discernĕre, -crētum.


In literature:

This is a point to which it is the manager's duty to attend, because it is not a matter of doubt, nor subject to discretionary opinion.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Stephen Cullen Carpenter
No discretionary power is given at all.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
The governor, therefore, of a colony should be invested with more discretionary power.
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Frances furnished her with a list, and left much discretionary power to her agent.
"Rich Enough a tale of the times" by Hannah Farnham Sawyer Lee
It isn't probable that such a fiery blade is allowed much discretionary margin.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
Why he had not been given discretionary powers to proceed farther, I don't know.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
In Iowa, Indiana, and Rhode Island, again, the court possesses what is termed "discretionary power" in divorce cases.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
Bovadilla, invested with discretionary powers, set out with two caravels towards the end of June, 1500.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
In the selection of officers little discretionary power was allowed the Commanding Officer.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
It looked shamelessly long, but Phyllis's "discretionary powers" would cover it, she knew.
"The Rose Garden Husband" by Margaret Widdemer
This year the law has killed the discretionary clause and spoken out plainly.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
But, more than this, the Constitution leaves it discretionary whether to make them citizens at all.
"Americanism Contrasted with Foreignism, Romanism, and Bogus Democracy in the Light of Reason, History, and Scripture;" by William Gannaway Brownlow
The medical students shall be entitled to the use of the college library under the discretionary restrictions of the president.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Treacle therefore is a discretionary article.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Every act of discretionary authority is treason against the constitution.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
The presiding judge threatened them with his discretionary power in vain.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 4 October 1848" by Various
The discretionary power of the Master with regard to the discipline of the School appears to be greatly limited.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
Fate has a secret discretionary power.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
The new rules thus introduced an element of discretionary exercise of punitive authority.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Such a discretionary power may do good and can do no harm.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which framed the Constitution of the United States, Volume II (of 2)" by James Madison

In news:

T he ordeal of being a defendant in a civil suit claiming misuse of discretionary funds may soon be over for some of the 77 men and women who have been sued by a special prosecutor.
Consumer discretionary stocks had the narrowest loss.
I was young and my discretionary income bought 10 minutes on a parking meter.
Discretionary Income of Just $2 a Day is Strengthening Africa .
International students spend $8 billion a year on tuition, housing, discretionary spending and tourism.
"If they raise taxes the resort areas take a heck of a beating because it's discretionary funds they use (to get here)," he said.
The memo also requests that agencies find a minimum of an additional 5 percent of savings in discretionary spending to bring the total budget to a level that is 10 percent below FY2011 levels.
Place a cap on discretionary and mandatory federal spending.
One of the city's perennial joys is the ability to blow a week's discretionary budget on a night out and live to not regret it that much.
But with Goodell facing an increasingly rebellious players' union in just the second year of a 10-year collective bargaining agreement, his predecessor saw no reason to limit the commissioner 's discretionary powers.
Corker 's office says he has been discussing with other senators elements of a plan to restore solvency to Social Security and Medicare while implementing "pro-growth tax reform" and capping discretionary spending.
FTCA – Discretionary- function exception bars personal injury claim.
Uses referrals to help sell discretionary product in economic downturn.
Discretionary Income of Just $2 a Day is Strengthening Africa.
The "Pay as You Earn" program will allow eligible student- loan borrowers to cap monthly payments to 10 percent of discretionary income, and have their loans forgiven after 20 years.

In science:

We greatly appreciate the award of ESO Director’s Discretionary Time (DDT) which made the present observations possible.
On the optical counterpart of NGC300 X-1 and the global Wolf-Rayet content of NGC300
We would like to thank the Director’s Discretionary Time Committee of ESO for allocating time to this pro ject.
HE 0557-4840 - Ultra-Metal-Poor and Carbon-Rich
Publication was supported by the STScI Director’s Discretionary Research Fund.
Early Results from the Galactic O-Star Spectroscopic Survey: C III Emission Lines in Of Spectra
Travel to the conference was partially supported by the STScI Director’s Discretionary Research Funds.
The Properties of High Redshift Galaxies
We acknowledge the Space Telescope Science Institute, via the AGN Journal Club, the Visitor Program, and the Director Discretionary Research Fund, for financial support.
Issues in Blazar Research
So, even if you assume that the revenue for “non-defense discretionary” comes entirely from personal income taxes, funding astronomy is cheap.
Computational Asteroseismology
Out of every $1000 in revenue from personal income taxes, $365 goes into the non-defense discretionary fund.
Computational Asteroseismology
It is worth noting that all program categories are present in this table, with not only General Observer (GO) programs, but also Guaranteed Time Observer (GTO) programs, Parallel (PAR) programs, snapshot (SNAP) programs, and Director Discretionary time (DD) programs.
Hubble Space Telescope Science Metrics
It is a pleasure to thank the Time Allocation Committee for awarding discretionary ISO observing time to this pro ject. I am also grateful to the referee, Dr.
ISO observations of the radio-loud BALQSO 1556+3517
The most elementary form of access control is Discretionary Access Controls (DACs).
Common Representation of Information Flows for Dynamic Coalitions
There already exist numerous non-discretionary access control mechanisms that are used in organisations today.
Common Representation of Information Flows for Dynamic Coalitions
The non-discretionary access controls are typically predefined and are managed centrally.
Common Representation of Information Flows for Dynamic Coalitions
Discretionary Access Controls are typically expressed as a Capability Lists or Access Control Lists (ACL), either of which is derived from an Access Control Matrix (ACM).
Common Representation of Information Flows for Dynamic Coalitions
The access control matrix is a form of discretionary access control where the permission mapping between subjects and objects remain fairly static and well-defined at any one time.
Common Representation of Information Flows for Dynamic Coalitions
The next two access controls fall into a non-discretionary access controls category where instead of having a clear definition of interactions, access is granted based on a set of predefined criteria.
Common Representation of Information Flows for Dynamic Coalitions