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[ verb dih-skrim-uh-neyt; adjective dih-skrim-uh-nit ]

verb (used without object)

, dis·crim·i·nat·ed, dis·crim·i·nat·ing.
  1. to make a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing on the basis of the group, class, or category to which the person or thing belongs rather than according to actual merit; show partiality:

    The new law discriminates against foreigners. He discriminates in favor of his relatives.

  2. to note or observe a difference; distinguish accurately:

    to discriminate between things.

verb (used with object)

, dis·crim·i·nat·ed, dis·crim·i·nat·ing.
  1. to make or constitute a distinction in or between; differentiate:

    a mark that discriminates the original from the copy.

  2. to note or distinguish as different:

    He can discriminate minute variations in tone.


  1. marked by discrimination; making or evidencing nice distinctions:

    discriminate people; discriminate judgments.



  1. intr; usually foll by in favour of or against to single out a particular person, group, etc, for special favour or, esp, disfavour, often because of a characteristic such as race, colour, sex, intelligence, etc
  2. whenintr, foll by between or among to recognize or understand the difference (between); distinguish

    to discriminate between right and wrong

    to discriminate right and wrong

  3. intr to constitute or mark a difference
  4. intr to be discerning in matters of taste


  1. showing or marked by discrimination

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Derived Forms

  • disˈcrimiˌnator, noun
  • disˈcriminately, adverb

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Other Words From

  • dis·crimi·nate·ly adverb
  • half-dis·crimi·nated adjective
  • predis·crimi·nate verb (used with object) prediscriminated prediscriminating
  • undis·crimi·nated adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of discriminate1

First recorded in 1620–30; from Latin discrīminātus “separated,” past participle of discrīmināre “to separate”; discriminant

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Word History and Origins

Origin of discriminate1

C17: from Latin discrīmināre to divide, from discrīmen a separation, from discernere to discern

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Example Sentences

Republicans want to alter Section 230 to stop platforms from discriminating against conservative voices by removing accounts or censoring posts deemed to be hate speech, disinformation or other content that incites violence.

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They are, at their core, an attempt to create a taxpayer-funded invitation to discriminate.

Bitcoin is neutral like cash, and can’t discriminate between good and bad.

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In effect, the laws prevented practices like paid prioritization, in which faster connections went to companies willing to pay fees to ISPs, or blocking, which would allow companies to discriminate against lawful content.

For the court to decide otherwise, it would mandate that the city discriminate.

Allowing some people to discriminate sends the message that discrimination is okay.

State RFRAs would allow businesses owners to legally discriminate against same-sex couples.

Allow small businesses—for-profit wedding chapels, caterers, florists—to discriminate against gays.

Yup, Evelyn and Donald Knapp are “ordained Christian ministers” suing for the right to discriminate.

Not wanting to discriminate against low-income clients, though, she scheduled the appointment.

Nor can a telegraph company discriminate against another in refusing credit which is given to other responsible parties.

But she was quick to discriminate between usurpation, and legal authority.

She is brother's-daughter of his Mother, Sophie Charlotte: let the reader learn to discriminate these two names.

I'll be better qualified after this to discriminate between the false and true.

Again, we find the Tojin baka often fail to discriminate between different classes of females.





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