[ dih-skrim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ dɪˈskrɪm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


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.

Origin of discriminatory

First recorded in 1820–30; discriminate + -ory1

Related forms

dis·crim·i·na·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·dis·crim·i·na·to·ry, adjectiveun·dis·crim·i·na·to·ry, adjective

Can be confused

discriminating discriminatory
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British Dictionary definitions for nondiscriminatory


discriminative (dɪˈskrɪmɪnətɪv)

/ (dɪˈskrɪmɪnətərɪ, -trɪ) /


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

Derived Forms

discriminatorily or discriminatively, adverb
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