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Related to discretionally: discrete, discretionarily


1. The quality of being discreet; circumspection: "the almost unknown young man who lived in the upper room ... coming and going with discretion" (Doris Lessing).
2. Freedom to act or judge on one's own: All the decisions were left to our discretion.
3. Archaic The ability or power to discern what is responsible or socially appropriate: "She had even condescended to advise him to marry as soon as he could, provided he chose with discretion" (Jane Austen).

dis·cre′tion·al adj.
dis·cre′tion·al·ly adv.
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The only way to get into the waitlist for public housing is through a lottery system that has also been closed in Oakland since 2015, and in any case applicants can still be discretionally screened out due to prior criminal convictions, particularly if drug related.
As a legal phenomenon, this denotes the behavior of the street-level bureaucracies, such as community mothers, in the frontier between the public and the private, discretionally applying the law and building the rule of law day by day.
The majority of the formulas under discussion at the joint parliamentary committees go beyond constitutional and objective criteria," the bloc said, pointing out that some of these proposals are discretionally tailored according to interests of certain political forces.
It may be spent on a single head or on some of them or on all of them proportionately or discretionally.
Consequently, any forms of contributions or negotiated platforms provided by the Assemblies are discretionally delivered on their own conditions and terms within a stipulated period of time.
It did so mostly by reformulating the legal framework that regulated media ownership and broadcast licenses (Ramirez Alvarado, 2007), "allocating almost discretionally government advertising" (Canizalez, 2010, p.