What does discrimination mean?

Definitions for discrimination
dɪˌskrɪm əˈneɪ ʃəndis·crim·i·na·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discrimination, favoritism, favouritismnoun

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

  2. discrimination, secernmentnoun

    the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished


  1. discriminationnoun

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

  2. discriminationnoun

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

  3. discriminationnoun

    (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. discriminationnoun

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

  5. discriminationnoun

    That which discriminates; mark of distinction, a characteristic.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Discriminationnoun

    Etymology: from discriminatio, Latin.

    There is a reverence left to be shewed them on the account of their discrimination from other places, and separation for sacred uses. Edward Stillingfleet, Def. of Disc. on Rom. Idol.

    A satire should expose nothing but what is corrigible, and make a due discrimination between those that are, and those who are not the proper objects of it. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    By that prudent discrimination made between the offenders of different degrees, he obliges those whom he has distinguished as objects of mercy. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 31.

    Take heed of abetting any factions, or applying any publick discriminations in matters of religion. Charles I .

    Letters arise from the first original discriminations of voice, by way of articulation, whereby the ear is able to judge and observe the differences of vocal sounds. William Holder, El. of Speech.


  1. Discrimination

    Discrimination is the act of making unjustified distinctions between people based on the groups, classes, or other categories to which they belong or are perceived to belong. People may be discriminated on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation, as well as other categories. Discrimination especially occurs when individuals or groups are unfairly treated in a way which is worse than other people are treated, on the basis of their actual or perceived membership in certain groups or social categories. It involves restricting members of one group from opportunities or privileges that are available to members of another group.Discriminatory traditions, policies, ideas, practices and laws exist in many countries and institutions in all parts of the world, including territories where discrimination is generally looked down upon. In some places, attempts such as quotas have been used to benefit those who are believed to be current or past victims of discrimination. These attempts have often been met with controversy, and have sometimes been called reverse discrimination.


  1. discrimination

    Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, often on the grounds of race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, disability or other characteristics. It involves the denial of social participation or human rights to certain categories of people or treating them unfairly or less favorably compared to others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discriminationnoun

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

  2. Discriminationnoun

    the state of being discriminated, distinguished, or set apart

  3. Discriminationnoun

    the arbitrary imposition of unequal tariffs for substantially the same service

  4. Discriminationnoun

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

  5. Discriminationnoun

    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

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  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

Examples of discrimination in a Sentence

  1. Suzanne Trimel:

    Many of them could ask within their own workplace (in these countries) for non-discrimination policies, they could also reach out to local LGBT communities and activists, and try to seek greater diversity in their workforces on the ground … make it clear that they are not accepting of repressive policies or persecutions, which, as we know, are endemic throughout the ‘Global South.’.

  2. Cory Booker:

    Access to safe, affordable housing can be transformative in the trajectory of people's lives, my parents knew this when they moved my brother and me to a New Jersey town with good public schools in the face of racial discrimination. The tenants I represented against slumlords when I first moved to Newark knew it too. So did my neighbors in Brick Towers.

  3. Hun Sen:

    Our current disease around the world is fear and discrimination, if Cambodia didn't allow this ship to dock, where should these 2,000 passengers go?

  4. Katie Lawson:

    She is responsible for directing the office that investigates on-campus sexual misconduct and discrimination and the office that coordinates disability accommodations, as well as leading large-scale, campuswide trainings and acadmemic [sic] support programs that serve thousands of students.

  5. Charlie Kirk:

    Our amazing grassroots organizers courageously face threats of violence and discrimination as they fight for the right for conservative voices to be heard on college campuses.

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