[dih-skresh-uh-ner-ee] /dɪˈskrɛʃ əˌnɛr i/
subject or left to one’s own .
for any use or purpose one chooses; not earmarked for a particular purpose:
discretionary income; a discretionary fund.
having or using the ability to decide at one’s own discretion: discretionary powers
mandatory; not up to one’s own discretion
The handbook includes non-discretionary procedures.
1680s (implied in discretionarily); see discretion + -ary.
[dih-skrim-uh-ney-ting] /dɪˈskrɪm əˌneɪ tɪŋ/ adjective 1. differentiating; analytical. 2. noting differences or distinctions with nicety; discerning; perspicacious: a discriminating interpreter of events. 3. having excellent taste or judgment: a discriminating interior designer. 4. differential, as a tariff. 5. possessing distinctive features; capable of being differentiated; . /dɪˈskrɪmɪˌneɪtɪŋ/ adjective 1. able to see fine distinctions and […]
[dih-skrim-uh-ney-shuh n] /dɪˌskrɪm əˈneɪ ʃən/ noun 1. an act or instance of , or of making a distinction. 2. treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: […]
[dih-skrim-uh-ney-tiv, -nuh-tiv] /dɪˈskrɪm əˌneɪ tɪv, -nə tɪv/ adjective 1. constituting a particular quality, trait, or difference; characteristic; notable. 2. making distinctions; . 3. (def 1).
[dih-skrim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dɪˈskrɪm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective 1. characterized by or showing prejudicial treatment, especially as an indication of bias related to age, color, national origin, religion, sex, etc.: discriminatory practices in housing; a discriminatory tax. 2. (defs 1, 2). /dɪˈskrɪmɪnətərɪ; -trɪ/ adjective 1. based on or showing prejudice; biased 2. capable of […]
[dih-skur-siv] /dɪˈskɜr sɪv/ adjective 1. passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling. 2. proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition. /dɪˈskɜːsɪv/ adjective 1. passing from one topic to another, usually in an unmethodical way; digressive 2. (philosophy) of or relating to knowledge obtained by reason and argument rather than intuition Compare dianoetic […]