[dih-skrim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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  1. 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.
  2. discriminative(defs 1, 2).

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 nondiscriminatory


discriminative (dɪˈskrɪmɪnətɪv)

  1. based on or showing prejudice; biased
  2. capable of making fine distinctions
  3. (of a statistical test) unbiased
Derived Formsdiscriminatorily or discriminatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nondiscriminatory



1828; see discriminate + -ory.

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