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[dih-skrim-uh-ney-ting] /dɪˈskrɪm əˌneɪ tɪŋ/
differentiating; analytical.
noting differences or distinctions with nicety; discerning; perspicacious:
a discriminating interpreter of events.
having excellent taste or judgment:
a discriminating interior designer.
differential, as a tariff.
possessing distinctive features; capable of being differentiated; discriminative.
Origin of discriminating
First recorded in 1640-50; discriminate + -ing2
Related forms
discriminatingly, adverb
half-discriminating, adjective
half-discriminatingly, adverb
nondiscriminating, adjective
nondiscriminatingly, adverb
overdiscriminating, adjective
overdiscriminatingly, adverb
quasi-discriminating, adjective
quasi-discriminatingly, adverb
undiscriminating, adjective
undiscriminatingly, adverb
Can be confused
discriminating, discriminatory. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for undiscriminating
Historical Examples
  • His "conscientious and undiscriminating concern for dead matter," Quadratilla once said, "rivalled Charon's."

    Roads from Rome Anne C. E. Allinson
  • He had never before revealed this thirst for undiscriminating homage.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • He was married to a Mexican, and many Americans are undiscriminating enough to class the Mexicans with coloured people.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • To reply to the charge in its undiscriminating, blunderbuss form is easy.

  • Much as I esteem a knowing bon vivant, I despise an ignorant glutton, or undiscriminating sot.

    The Actress in High Life Sue Petigru Bowen
  • He was not a strong or undiscriminating advocate for Compulsory Education.

    Matthew Arnold G. W. E. Russell
  • It is the most tiring, tiresome of all attitudes, the one of undiscriminating admiration.

  • But Bob Needham spoke from the depths of his honest and undiscriminating soul.

    The Gay Cockade Temple Bailey
  • He begins with a eulogy of Virgil couched in the undiscriminating, exaggerated terms of the previous period.

  • I have not spared his faults; I am no eulogist, to paint a man with undiscriminating praise.

British Dictionary definitions for undiscriminating


able to see fine distinctions and differences
discerning in matters of taste
(of a tariff, import duty, etc) levied at differential rates in order to favour or discourage imports or exports
Derived Forms
discriminatingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for undiscriminating



"possessing discernment," 1792, present participle adjective from discriminate (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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