[ dih-skrim-uh-ney-ting ]
/ dɪˈskrɪm əˌneɪ tɪŋ /


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

Origin of discriminating

First recorded in 1640–50; discriminate + -ing2

Related forms

Can be confused

discriminating discriminatory
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British Dictionary definitions for nondiscriminating


/ (dɪˈskrɪmɪˌneɪtɪŋ) /


able to see fine distinctions and differences
discerning in matters of taste
(of a tariff, import duty, etc) levied at differential rates in order to favour or discourage imports or exports

Derived Forms

discriminatingly, adverb
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