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  1. differentiating; analytical.
  2. noting differences or distinctions with nicety; discerning; perspicacious: a discriminating interpreter of events.
  3. having excellent taste or judgment: a discriminating interior designer.
  4. differential, as a tariff.
  5. possessing distinctive features; capable of being differentiated; discriminative.

Origin of discriminating

First recorded in 1640–50; discriminate + -ing2
Related formsdis·crim·i·nat·ing·ly, adverbhalf-dis·crim·i·nat·ing, adjectivehalf-dis·crim·i·nat·ing·ly, adverbnon·dis·crim·i·nat·ing, adjectivenon·dis·crim·i·nat·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·dis·crim·i·nat·ing, adjectiveo·ver·dis·crim·i·nat·ing·ly, adverbqua·si-dis·crim·i·nat·ing, adjectivequa·si-dis·crim·i·nat·ing·ly, adverbun·dis·crim·i·nat·ing, adjectiveun·dis·crim·i·nat·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confuseddiscriminating discriminatory
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British Dictionary definitions for nondiscriminating


  1. able to see fine distinctions and differences
  2. discerning in matters of taste
  3. (of a tariff, import duty, etc) levied at differential rates in order to favour or discourage imports or exports
Derived Formsdiscriminatingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nondiscriminating



"possessing discernment," 1792, present participle adjective from discriminate (v.).

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