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English definition of “discretionary costs”

discretionary costs

noun [plural]     (also managed costs) ACCOUNTING
amounts of money that a company spends on something such as advertising or development of new products, that it can reduce temporarily without affecting business: Many agree that there won't be another round of job reductions, although the company will continue to chip away at discretionary costs.
(Definition of discretionary costs noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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