discriminatory

[ dih-skrim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ dɪˈskrɪm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

adjective

characterized by or showing prejudicial treatment, especially as an indication of bias related to age, color, national origin, religion, sex, etc.: discriminatory practices in housing; a discriminatory tax.

Nearby words

  1. discriminating,
  2. discrimination,
  3. discrimination learning,
  4. discriminative,
  5. discriminator,
  6. discrown,
  7. discursion,
  8. discursive,
  9. discus,
  10. discuss

Origin of discriminatory

First recorded in 1820–30; discriminate + -ory1

Related formsdis·crim·i·na·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·dis·crim·i·na·to·ry, adjectiveun·dis·crim·i·na·to·ry, adjective

Can be confuseddiscriminating discriminatory

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British Dictionary definitions for discriminatory

discriminatory

discriminative (dɪˈskrɪmɪnətɪv)

/ (dɪˈskrɪmɪnətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

based on or showing prejudice; biased
capable of making fine distinctions
(of a statistical test) unbiased
Derived Formsdiscriminatorily or discriminatively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for discriminatory

discriminatory

adj.

1828; see discriminate + -ory.

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