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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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Finally, the new CBA also entitled the Board of the central bank to discretionally determine the level of 'freely available reserves' and therefore to transfer international reserves to the Treasury to cancel debt services in foreign currency virtually without limit.
Additionally, the portfolio manager can discretionally employ modest leverage, aiming to enhance returns relative to its benchmark and other offerings in this space.
In the opposite way, in markets where a small number of controlling shareholders have the opportunity to decide about it discretionally, i.