The president of each house has the discretionary power of appointing additional laymen, not exceeding ten in number.
Subject to his control the government of India enjoys a certain discretionary Finance.
Under the Public Worship Regulation Act of 1874, which gave to churchwardens and aggrieved parishioners the right to institute proceedings against the clergy for breaches of the law in the conduct of divine service, a discretionary right was reserved to the bishop to stay proceedings.
The rubrics of the Scottish portion of the book are somewhat stricter, and, indeed, one or two of the Geneva rubrics were made more absolute in the Scottish emendations; but no doubt the ` Book of Common Order' is best described as a discretionary liturgy."
The court which can award a sentence is said to possess as of common right a discretionary power of granting a reprieve.