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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.

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. Cindy Schild:

    The company shares the nation's deep remorse for the shameful institution of slavery and racial discrimination that has occurred in the country, cSX opposes any form of discrimination and is committed to raising awareness regarding racial disparities.

  2. Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen:

    It's necessary for travel, banking, starting a new job and school. Inaccurate IDs open transgender people up to harassment and discrimination, reforming US passports is a common-sense way to improve the lives of transgender people.

  3. Chuck Collins:

    People say' slavery was so long ago' or' my family didn't own slaves.' But the key thing to understand is that the unpaid labor of millions -- and the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow laws, discrimination in mortgage lending and a race-based system of mass incarceration -- created uncompensated wealth for individuals and white society as a whole.

  4. General Motors:

    Every day, everyone at General Motors is expected to uphold a set of values that are integral to the fabric of our culture, discrimination and harassment are not acceptable and [ are ] in stark contrast to how we expect people to show up at work.

  5. Anton Pozniak:

    Policies that reduce social marginalisation, stigma and discrimination are needed as are increased funding for prevention and testing, in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia, the shift away from progressive policies towards socially conservative legislation is a barrier to implementing HIV prevention and treatment.

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