- 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
- 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.
- to note or observe a difference; distinguish accurately: to discriminate between things.
- to make or constitute a distinction in or between; differentiate: a mark that discriminates the original from the copy.
- to note or distinguish as different: He can discriminate minute variations in tone.
- marked by discrimination; making or evidencing nice distinctions: discriminate people; discriminate judgments.
Origin of discriminate
Related Wordschoosy, discerning, fastidious, selective, eclectic, refined, finicky, astute, fussy, keen, select, cultivated, acute, careful, distinctive, judicious, opinionated, particular, persnickety, picky
Examples from the Web for discriminating
It becomes a system which does the discriminating on behalf of the powerful majority.What We Need Are Anti-Racists
August 24, 2014
The Boy Scouts of America does not mess around when it comes to discriminating against gay adults.Fringe Factor: Boy Scouts Kick Out Gay Leader’s Entire Troop
April 27, 2014
Now, the company is being accused of discriminating against plus-size women because it doesn't make clothing over size 12.Why 2013 Hasn’t Been Lululemon’s Best Year
August 5, 2013
Manning was also discriminating, although in his case he chose to put out secret info that he had not read.Daniel Ellsberg: Edward Snowden Is a Hero and We Need More Whistleblowers
June 10, 2013
Sen. Boxer is fine with Israel discriminating against U.S. citizens like me based on our faith.Barbara Boxer: Withdraw Your Biased Bill
April 29, 2013
We resolved that this discriminating company should not repent its choice.Meadow Grass
Discriminating, systematic, scientific culture is our demand.
A fine time, truly, for Ogres, with their discriminating scent!
This is not always, the result of impartial and discriminating judgment.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
A most sympathetic and discriminating memoir.Glasgow Herald.The Industries of Animals
- 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
- (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
- (when intr, foll by between or among) to recognize or understand the difference (between); distinguishto discriminate right and wrong; to discriminate between right and wrong
- (intr) to constitute or mark a difference
- (intr) to be discerning in matters of taste
- showing or marked by discrimination
Word Origin and History for discriminating
"possessing discernment," 1792, present participle adjective from discriminate (v.).
1620s, from Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare "to divide, separate," from discrimen (genitive discriminis) "interval, distinction, difference," derived noun from discernere (see discern). The adverse (usually racial) sense is first recorded 1866, American English. Positive sense remains in discriminating. Related: Discriminated. Also used 17c. and after as an adjective meaning "distinct."