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See also: discriminnâtion
Learned Latinism in English use from the 17th century.
discrimination (plural discriminations)
- Discernment, the act of discriminating, discerning, distinguishing, noting or perceiving differences between things, with intent to understand rightly and make correct decisions.
- The act of recognizing the 'good' and 'bad' in situations and choosing good.
- The setting apart of a person or group of people in a negative way, as in being discriminated against. This is, in actuality, a lack of discrimination.
- (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
- The quality of being discriminating, acute discernment, specifically in a learning situation; as to show great discrimination in the choice of means.
- That which discriminates; mark of distinction, a characteristic.
Terms derived from discrimination
the act of making a distinction, noting differences between things
distinct treatment on the basis of prejudice
discrimination f (plural discriminations)