dis·​crim·​i·​nat·​ing di-ˈskri-mə-ˌnā-tiŋ How to pronounce discriminating (audio)
: making a distinction : distinguishing
a discriminating mark
: marked by discrimination:
: discerning, judicious
discriminating buyers
: discriminatory
accused of discriminating practices
discriminatingly 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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Word History

First Known Use

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of discriminating was in 1642

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“Discriminating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discriminating. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: showing careful judgment : discerning
a discriminating taste
discriminatingly adverb

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