Discrimination Definition

dĭ-skrĭmə-nāshən
noun
The act of discriminating, or distinguishing differences.
Webster's New World
The ability to make or perceive distinctions; perception; discernment.
Webster's New World
Partiality, or bias, in the treatment of a person or group, which is unfair, illegal, etc.
Webster's New World
An act, policy, pattern of behavior, etc. characterized by such partiality.
Webster's New World

The act of denying rights, benefits, justice, equitable treatment, or access to facilities available to all others, to an individual or group of people because of their race, age, gender, handicap or other defining characteristic. See also reverse discrimination.

Webster's New World Law
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Other Word Forms of Discrimination

Noun

Singular:
discrimination
Plural:
discriminations

Origin of Discrimination

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

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  • Learned Latinism in English use from the 17th century.

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