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Because these higher-income consumers are spending less on experiences and travel, they have more discretionary income available to shop this holiday season.

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That is not an unreasonable sum—it’s a fraction of the funding the US spends on health and defense innovation and just over 1% of the discretionary federal budget.

No finance, no energy, no industrials or consumer discretionary stocks.

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Arthrex employees receive an annual discretionary bonus in July at our fiscal-year end.

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The money Soros recently allocated to another global macro fund is therefore to one that blends the strategy’s traditional “discretionary” approach with a more computer-driven, quantitative one.

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A set of meat-cleaver cuts to the domestic discretionary budget.

Generally, they are presented as a purely discretionary buy.

And customers at the lower end of the income skill are struggling to make ends meet, which pinches their discretionary spending.

Discretionary spending comes up every year for renewal; the biggest-ticket item in that category is the defense budget.

The federal budget is split into two large categories known as “discretionary” spending and “mandatory” spending.

I have no discretionary power on the subject—my duty is emphatically pronounced in the Constitution.

Congress may undoubtedly abuse this discretionary power, but the same may be said of others with which they are vested.

In 1880 a provisional Bill was submitted to parliament giving the crown discretionary power not to enforce the laws.

That this House should have a general discretionary power of disqualification is a dangerous saying.

A legislative act has no reference to any rule but these two: original justice, and discretionary application.


On this page you'll find 19 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to discretionary, such as: unrestricted, at the call, elective, facultative, judge and jury, and leftover.

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