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discretionary adj

: left to discretion
: exercised at one's own discretion
: relating to the policy-making function of a public official see also Federal Tort Claims Act in the Important Laws section compare ministerial NOTE: A public official generally has qualified immunity from lawsuits that arise from his or her discretionary acts.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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