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 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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Examples from the Web for undiscriminating

Historical Examples of undiscriminating

  • He had never before revealed this thirst for undiscriminating homage.


    Stephen French Whitman

  • It is easy to blame us as undiscriminating, but we are at least full of zest.

    This Simian World

    Clarence Day

  • To reply to the charge in its undiscriminating, blunderbuss form is easy.

  • He was not a strong or undiscriminating advocate for Compulsory Education.

    Matthew Arnold

    G. W. E. Russell

  • But Bob Needham spoke from the depths of his honest and undiscriminating soul.

    The Gay Cockade

    Temple Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for undiscriminating



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 Formsdiscriminatingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for undiscriminating



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

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