What does the word discretionary mean?

Usage examples for discretionary

  1. A certain discretionary power is vested in the Officers in charge of the Depot, and they can in very urgent cases give relief, but the rule is for the food to be paid for, and the financial results show that working expenses are just about covered. – In-Darkest-England-and-the-Way-Out by Booth, William
  2. Servants also exercised discretionary power in the management of their master's estate, " And the servant took ten camels, of the camels of his master, for all the goods of his master were under his hand." – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  3. In its application to the Executive, with reference to the legislative branch of the Government, the same rule of action should make the President ever anxious to avoid the exercise of any discretionary authority which can be regulated by Congress. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various