dis·​crim·​i·​nant | \ di-ˈskri-mə-nənt How to pronounce discriminant (audio) \

Definition of discriminant

: a mathematical expression providing a criterion for the behavior of another more complicated expression, relation, or set of relations

Examples of discriminant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just as in the debate on inclusion, the difference of gender or ethnicity is confused with the real discriminant, the difference in social class (as taught by Elliott Major, Professor of Social Mobility at Exeter University). Anna Zanardi Cappon, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 If multiple antenna inputs are available, a very powerful discriminant is to see if all of the signals come from the same direction. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of discriminant

circa 1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of discriminant was circa 1948

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“Discriminant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discriminant. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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