Simple Definition of discrimination
: the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people
: the ability to recognize the difference between things that are of good quality and those that are not
: the ability to understand that one thing is different from another thing
Full Definition of discrimination
1 a : the act of discriminating b : the process by which two stimuli differing in some aspect are responded to differently
2 : the quality or power of finely distinguishing
3 a : the act, practice, or an instance of discriminating categorically rather than individually b : prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment <racial discrimination>
Examples of discrimination
The law prohibits discrimination in hiring.
He sued the company for age discrimination.
the animal's impressive scent discrimination
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DISCRIMINATION Defined for Kids
Definition of discrimination
1 : the practice of unfairly treating a person or group differently from other people or groups of people <The law prohibits discrimination against the disabled.>
2 : the ability to see differences <Police use a dog's discrimination of smells.>
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