discriminating

adjective
dis·​crim·​i·​nat·​ing | \ di-ˈskri-mə-ˌnā-tiŋ How to pronounce discriminating (audio) \

Definition of discriminating

1 : making a distinction : distinguishing a discriminating mark
2 : marked by discrimination:
a : discerning, judicious discriminating buyers
b : discriminatory accused of discriminating practices

Other Words from discriminating

discriminatingly \ di-​ˈskri-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce discriminating (audio) \ adverb

Examples of discriminating in a Sentence

accused of discriminating practices in the hiring of employees a discriminating feature of poison ivy is a compound leaf with three mitten-shaped leaflets
Recent Examples on the Web Sound quality matters less, although my 7-year-old has become more discriminating. Wired, 23 Feb. 2022 In terms of larval/caterpillar host plants, butterflies are more discriminating. oregonlive, 2 Oct. 2021 The antibodies are therefore more discriminating, less likely to fire in error—to be triggered by a criminal cousin. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 In a related paper published in the same issue of Nature Fratzl acknowledges the sensor’s impressive level of sensitivity but calls for a more discriminating device that can better distinguish the most important vibrations from distracting noise. Joshua A. Krisch, Scientific American, 12 Dec. 2014 Her hauteur was above all else, non-discriminating. Callahan Tormey, Town & Country, 28 Nov. 2020 As the discriminator becomes more discriminating, the generative network gets trained to make photos that look more and more realistic. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 19 Nov. 2020 Still, if Biden pulls through, voters can expect a much more discriminating debate about the economic impact of his policies than there has been these last four years about Trump’s. David Banks, Star Tribune, 30 Oct. 2020 Either Fring knows about Lalo’s super discriminating nostrils or there is a spy in the House of Salamanca. David Segal, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of discriminating

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Discriminating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discriminating. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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