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discretionary costsnoun [plural]

uk   us   (also managed costs) ACCOUNTING
amounts of ​money that a ​companyspends 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 ​jobreductions, although the ​company will continue to ​chip away at ​discretionarycosts.
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