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

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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 The antibodies are therefore more discriminating, less likely to fire in error—to be triggered by a criminal cousin. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "Why Does the Pandemic Seem to Be Hitting Some Countries Harder Than Others?," 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, "A Mechanical Sensor Inspired by Spider Biology," 12 Dec. 2014 Her hauteur was above all else, non-discriminating. Callahan Tormey, Town & Country, "Is Princess Margaret a Gay Icon?," 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, "Nvidia developed a radically different way to compress video calls," 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, "With Biden, economic wreckage or salvage?," 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, "‘Better Call Saul’ Season 5 Premiere Recap: Just Chilling," 23 Feb. 2020 Be a discriminating buyer, but don't waste too much time dithering over the details. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 19, 2019: Gemini, inspire others; Leo, job pressures interfere with holiday plans," 19 Dec. 2019 Wrightsman overcame childhood illness to become a World War I aviator, a crack polo player, and an avaricious but discriminating collector. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 2019

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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 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of discriminating

approving : 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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