[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. discretization,
  2. discriminable,
  3. discriminant,
  4. discriminant function,
  5. discriminate,
  6. discrimination,
  7. discrimination learning,
  8. discriminative,
  9. discriminator,
  10. discriminatory

Origin of discriminating

First recorded in 1640–50; discriminate + -ing2

Related forms
Can be confuseddiscriminating discriminatory

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British Dictionary definitions for undiscriminating


/ (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 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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