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

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Other Words from discriminating

discriminatingly \-​ˌnā-​tiŋ-​lē \ 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

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The new immunotherapies are far more discriminating. Ezekiel Emanuel, WSJ, "We Can’t Afford the Drugs That Could Cure Cancer," 20 Sep. 2018 For one thing, Zahs is a very discriminating hoarder. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Saving Brinton' chronicles discovery of film rarities," 15 June 2018 Small farmers can serve more discriminating customers while big farms provide product for more cost-conscious consumers, Kogan and DeAngelo say. Brad Branan And Monica Vaughn, sacbee, "Forget the Emerald Triangle. The Central Coast is becoming California's weed hotspot | The Sacramento Bee," 11 Apr. 2018 Here are five must-have features for every luxury automobile that aims to please even the most discriminating owner. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "5 smart features every luxury vehicle should have," 16 Mar. 2018 The legion of followers the NFL has always assumed to be permanent is becoming more discriminating with its leisure time. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: Would you miss the NFL and the Cincinnati Bengals if they were gone?," 5 Feb. 2018 Presumably, the business of surviving by eating what the forest has to offer requires a more discriminating use of the nostrils than is needed for farming. The Economist, "Perception and languageHow people name sensations depends on those sensations’ salience," 18 Jan. 2018 What’s more, it’s appropriate for everyone, from the impressionable infant to the most discriminating music aficionado. WIRED, "5 Geeky Songs You Can Actually Share with Your Kids," 7 Mar. 2008

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First Known Use of discriminating

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of discriminating was in 1642

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English Language Learners Definition of discriminating

: liking only things that are of good quality : able to recognize the difference between things that are of good quality and those that are not

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