discrimination

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From Latin discrīminātiō, discrīminātiōnem, the action noun to discrīminō, discrīmināre(distinguish).

Learned Latinism in English use from the 17th century.

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discrimination ‎(plural discriminations)

  1. Discernment, the act of discriminating, discerning, distinguishing, noting or perceiving differences between things, with intent to understand rightly and make correct decisions.
  2. The act of recognizing the 'good' and 'bad' in situations and choosing good.
  3. 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.
  4. (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
  5. The quality of being discriminating, acute discernment, specifically in a learning situation; as to show great discrimination in the choice of means.
  6. 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

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