discrimination

[ dih-skrim-uh-ney-shuhn ]
/ dɪˌskrɪm əˈneɪ ʃən /

noun

an act or instance of discriminating, or of making a distinction.
treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.
the power of making fine distinctions; discriminating judgment: She chose the colors with great discrimination.
Archaic. something that serves to differentiate.

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Origin of discrimination

1640–50; <Latin discrīminātiōn- (stem of discrīminātiō) a distinguishing. See discriminate, -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for discrimination

discrimination
/ (dɪˌskrɪmɪˈneɪʃən) /

noun

unfair treatment of a person, racial group, minority, etc; action based on prejudice
subtle appreciation in matters of taste
the ability to see fine distinctions and differences
electronics the selection of a signal having a particular frequency, amplitude, phase, etc, effected by the elimination of other signals by means of a discriminator

Derived forms of discrimination

discriminational, adjective
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