What does Discrimination mean?

Definitions for Discriminationdɪˌskrɪm əˈneɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Discrimination.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. discrimination, favoritism, favouritism(noun)

    unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice

  2. discrimination, secernment(noun)

    the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished


  1. discrimination(Noun)

    a distinction; discernment, the act of discriminating, discerning, distinguishing, noting or perceiving differences between things.

  2. discrimination(Noun)

    The state of being discriminated, distinguished from, or set apart.

  3. discrimination(Noun)

    (sometimes discrimination against) distinct treatment of an individual or group to their disadvantage; treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit; partiality; prejudice; bigotry

    sexual or racial discrimination

  4. discrimination(Noun)

    The quality of being discriminating, acute discernment, specifically in a learning situation; as to show great discrimination in the choice of means.

  5. discrimination(Noun)

    That which discriminates; mark of distinction, a characteristic.

  6. Origin: From the Latin discriminatio (accusative discriminationem), the action noun to discriminare "to discriminate".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discrimination(noun)

    the act of discriminating, distinguishing, or noting and marking differences

  2. Discrimination(noun)

    the state of being discriminated, distinguished, or set apart

  3. Discrimination(noun)

    the arbitrary imposition of unequal tariffs for substantially the same service

  4. Discrimination(noun)

    the quality of being discriminating; faculty of nicely distinguishing; acute discernment; as, to show great discrimination in the choice of means

  5. Discrimination(noun)

    that which discriminates; mark of distinction


  1. Discrimination

    Discrimination is the prejudicial and/or distinguishing treatment of an individual based on their actual or perceived membership in a certain group or category, "in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated." It involves the group's initial reaction or interaction, influencing the individual's actual behavior towards the group or the group leader, restricting members of one group from opportunities or privileges that are available to another group, leading to the exclusion of the individual or entities based on logical or irrational decision making. Discriminatory traditions, policies, ideas, practices, and laws exist in many countries and institutions in every part of the world, even in ones where discrimination is generally looked down upon. In some places, controversial attempts such as quotas or affirmative action have been used to benefit those believed to be current or past victims of discrimination—but have sometimes been called reverse discrimination themselves.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Discrimination' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4435

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Discrimination' in Nouns Frequency: #1814


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Discrimination in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Discrimination in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Roy Cooper:

    Discrimination is wrong, period.

  2. Danica Roem:

    Discrimination is a disqualifier.

  3. Carolyn Kopprasch:

    It removes any opportunities for discrimination.

  4. Anthony D'Angelo:

    If you believe that discrimination exists, it will.

  5. Nina Shea:

    This is de facto discrimination and a gross injustice.

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