- an act or instance of discriminating, or of making a distinction.
- treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.
- the power of making fine distinctions; discriminating judgment: She chose the colors with great discrimination.
- Archaic. something that serves to differentiate.
Origin of discrimination
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Examples from the Web for nondiscrimination
And nondiscrimination is, or should be, a seamless garment—and discrimination a seamless evil.How ‘Religious Freedom’ Is Hurting Everyone’s Freedom
March 5, 2014
Several states include religious exemptions to nondiscrimination law and same-sex marriage laws.The ‘Religious Liberty’ Bullies and Their Fight Against LGBT Equality
March 18, 2013
This is the second time the Tennessee Legislature has tried to ban the nondiscrimination policy.Tennessee Wants to Punish Vanderbilt for a Nondiscrimination Policy
March 6, 2013
Further, the Navy's policy of nondiscrimination demanded that all types of assignments be opened to black marines.
Brown had ample statistics at hand to demonstrate that at least in the Navy this nondiscrimination policy was progressive.
McNamara, however, "readily agreed" with his housing experts that a letter on nondiscrimination in family housing was necessary.
- unfair treatment of a person, racial group, minority, etc; action based on prejudice
- subtle appreciation in matters of taste
- the ability to see fine distinctions and differences
- electronics the selection of a signal having a particular frequency, amplitude, phase, etc, effected by the elimination of other signals by means of a discriminator
Word Origin and History for nondiscrimination
1640s, "the making of distinctions," from Late Latin discriminationem (nominative discriminatio), noun of action from past participle stem of discriminare (see discriminate). Especially in a prejudicial way, based on race, 1866, American English. Meaning "discernment" is from 1814.
It especially annoys me when racists are accused of 'discrimination.' The ability to discriminate is a precious facility; by judging all members of one 'race' to be the same, the racist precisely shows himself incapable of discrimination. [Christopher Hitchens]