dis·​crim·​i·​na·​bil·​i·​ty di-ˌskri-mə-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce discriminability (audio)
plural discriminabilities
: the quality of being discriminable
: the ability to discriminate

Examples of discriminability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An analysis of odor structure-activity relationships suggests that a combination of molecular structural properties rather than a single molecular feature may be responsible for the discriminability of enantiomers. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 18 Mar. 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of discriminability was circa 1901

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“Discriminability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discriminability. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


dis·​crim·​i·​na·​bil·​i·​ty dis-ˌkrim-ə-nə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce discriminability (audio)
plural discriminabilities
: the quality of being distinguishable
the discriminability of two stimuli
: the ability to distinguish between different stimuli
loss of discriminability for blue-yellow differences
discriminable adjective

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