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[ dih-skrim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]


  1. characterized by or showing prejudicial treatment, especially as an indication of bias related to age, race, skin color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, etc.:

    Discriminatory practices in housing historically led to racially segregated neighborhoods.

    They passed a discriminatory tax mainly impacting immigrants to the country.


/ -trɪ; dɪˈskrɪmɪnətɪv; dɪˈskrɪmɪnətərɪ /


  1. based on or showing prejudice; biased
  2. capable of making fine distinctions
  3. (of a statistical test) unbiased

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Derived Forms

  • disˈcriminatorily, adverb

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Other Words From

  • dis·crimi·na·tori·ly adverb
  • nondis·crimi·na·tory adjective
  • undis·crimi·na·tory adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of discriminatory1

First recorded in 1820–30; discriminate + -ory 1

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Example Sentences

If employers make sure these tools are not grossly discriminatory, in all likelihood they will not draw the attention of federal regulators.

They say it would infringe on both First Amendment rights and the federal laws against taxing Internet companies in a discriminatory way.

These cities have outcomes more consistent with a “pattern or practice” of discriminatory policing.

In deferring to this notion of states’ rights, Lincoln also deferred to discriminatory views and practices.

The war on terror has been done in a way that is not only discriminatory but ineffective.

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I am so sorry that your parents did this to you, developing their own discriminatory take on your existence.

The trouble is, this policy is both overbroad and weirdly discriminatory.

Allen admitted that he had been worried about impersonating Walt Jr. but thought it would be discriminatory to leave him out.

“These types of discriminatory legal provisions are littered throughout the Iranian legal system,” says Sanei.

So we know that we have those obvious discriminatory laws, regulations, practices, that we still have to tackle.

Discriminatory taxes, too; pinched the small landholding and industrial barons and favored a few big ones.

This case went to the Supreme Court which decided in 1908 that the device was unlawful and discriminatory.

The Commission finds, from the evidence before it, that the regulation is not unjustly discriminatory.

Discriminatory measures against nonconformist merchants and traders went into effect, which quickly resulted in their ruin.

After the Armada Saltash levied an extra discriminatory five shillings upon Spanish vessels.


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