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[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.
  3. discriminatory(def 1).
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Origin of discriminative

First recorded in 1630–40; discriminate + -ive
Related formsdis·crim·i·na·tive·ly, adverbnon·dis·crim·i·na·tive, adjectivenon·dis·crim·i·na·tive·ly, adverb
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Related Words for discriminative

discerning, discriminate, discriminatory, particular, selective, biased, bigoted, discriminating, intolerant, partial, prejudiced, prejudicial

Examples from the Web for discriminative

Historical Examples of discriminative

  • Was he losing his discriminative sense of quantity, time, distance?

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • Every character is marked with its proper and discriminative stamp.

  • Atterbury's taste for literature was not always so discriminative.

    The Age of Pope

    John Dennis

  • Let us turn to the princess's discriminative statement of facts.

  • After weeks you ceased to be discriminative about the exterior.