discrimination

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From Latin discrimīnatiō, discrimīnatiōnem, the action noun to discrīminō, discrīmināre (discriminate).

Learned Latinism in English use from the 17th century.

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discrimination (plural discriminations)

  1. a distinction; discernment, the act of discriminating, discerning, distinguishing, noting or perceiving differences between things.
  2. The state of being discriminated, distinguished from, or set apart.
  3. (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. The quality of being discriminating, acute discernment, specifically in a learning situation; as to show great discrimination in the choice of means.
  5. That which discriminates; mark of distinction, a characteristic.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin discrimīnatiō, discrimīnatiōnem.

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discrimination f (plural discriminations)

  1. discrimination, distinction