Discrimination meaning

dĭ-skrĭmə-nāshən
Discrimination is defined as distinguishing differences between things or treating someone as inferior based on their race, sex, national origin, age or other characteristics.

An example of discrimination is when you can tell the difference between fine wine and cheap wine.

An example of discrimination is when a company refuses to hire women because they are women.

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Treatment or consideration based on class or category, such as race or gender, rather than individual merit; partiality or prejudice.
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The act of discriminating.
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The ability or power to see or make fine distinctions; discernment.
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The act of discriminating, or distinguishing differences.
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(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.

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