What does discrimination mean?

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. discrimination(Noun)

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

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

  2. discrimination(Noun)

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

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

  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

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

  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.

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

  5. discrimination(Noun)

    That which discriminates; mark of distinction, a characteristic.

    Etymology: 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

Freebase

  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

How to pronounce discrimination?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say discrimination in sign language?

  1. discrimination

Numerology

  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. New York:

    Fines of up to $250,000 can be assessed for each act of willful discrimination, and damages are available to complainants.

  2. Heyman Vzquez:

    It is due to the campaign of discrimination and xenophobia created through social networks and the media that blames migrants for the insecurity in Chiapas.

  3. Jusuf Kalla:

    Any country, especially big countries, seen making policies about 'radicalism' or discrimination according to religion will be a bad issue, there will be 'vice-versa' policies from other countries.

  4. Angela Kimball:

    This is a day NAMI has long awaited, for decades, people with mental health conditions have experienced really horrific discrimination at the hands of health insurance plans. They routinely deny mental health care and often with tragic outcomes.

  5. Chris Sgro:

    The initiative is not a repeal, it's doubling down on the discrimination that HB2 exacts -- it's HB2.0. It doesn't allow municipalities to protect people from discrimination 'til 2020.

Images & Illustrations of discrimination

  1. discriminationdiscriminationdiscriminationdiscriminationdiscrimination

Popularity rank by frequency of use

discrimination#1#5007#10000

Translations for discrimination

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for discrimination »

Translation

Find a translation for the discrimination definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these discrimination definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"discrimination." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 2 Jun 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/discrimination>.

Are we missing a good definition for discrimination? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for discrimination:


Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.