discrimination

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 /dɪsˌkrɪmɪˈneɪʃən/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
dis•crim•i•na•tion /dɪˌskrɪməˈneɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
  • the act or practice of discriminating:job discrimination.
  • the ability to make or see differences; the ability to distinguish or judge among things:fine discrimination in his choice of wine.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    dis•crim•i•na•tion  (di skrim′ə nāshən), 
    n. 
    1. an act or instance of discriminating.
    2. Sociologytreatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit:racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.
    3. the power of making fine distinctions; discriminating judgment:She chose the colors with great discrimination.
    4. [Archaic.]something that serves to differentiate.
    Etymology:
    • Latin discrīminātiōn- (stem of discrīminātiō) a distinguishing. See discriminate, -ion
    • 1640–50
    dis•crim′i•nation•al, adj. 
    3 . discernment, taste, acumen, perception.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    discrimination /dɪˌskrɪmɪˈneɪʃən/ n
    1. unfair treatment of a person, racial group, minority, etc; action based on prejudice
    2. subtle appreciation in matters of taste
    3. the ability to see fine distinctions and differences



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