[ dih-skrim-uh-ney-tiv, -nuh-tiv ]
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  1. constituting a particular quality, trait, or difference; characteristic; notable.

  2. making distinctions; discriminating.

Origin of discriminative

First recorded in 1630–40; discriminate + -ive

Other words from discriminative

  • dis·crim·i·na·tive·ly, adverb
  • non·dis·crim·i·na·tive, adjective
  • non·dis·crim·i·na·tive·ly, adverb

Words Nearby discriminative

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How to use discriminative in a sentence

  • The Pekingese are very discriminative and frequently condescendingly refer to all other Chinese as "outside men" or "foreigners."

    Life and sport in China | Oliver G. Ready
  • Compunction at incipient crime, and gratitude to find its punishment so mercifully speedy, so lenient, so discriminative?

  • The retentive power works up to the height of the discriminative power; it can do no more.

    Froebel's Gifts | Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • In him the discriminative sensory perceptions kept pace with great intellectual activities—attention and judgment.

    The Montessori Method | Maria Montessori
  • Of him his best friend, Sydney Smith, left a short but discriminative character.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society | Grace & Philip Wharton