Definition of discrimination
1a : the act of making or perceiving a difference : the act of discriminating a bloodhound's scent discriminationb psychology : the process by which two stimuli differing in some aspect are responded to differently
2 : the quality or power of finely distinguishing the film viewed by those with discrimination
discriminationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of discrimination in a Sentence
The law prohibits discrimination in hiring.
He sued the company for age discrimination.
the animal's impressive scent discrimination
Recent Examples of discrimination from the Web
The club, with some 1,300 members, was founded in the early 1970s to address gender discrimination issues in the legal profession and the community.
The settlement also requires Rosebud to recruit African-American applicants, train employees and managers about race discrimination and retaliation, and provide periodic reports to the EEOC on compliance with the decree's terms for four years.
Black farmers in Florida were among thousands across the country who sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture for racial discrimination, saying they had been unfairly denied government loans and subsidies in the 1980s and 1990s.
The Oregon Trial Lawyers Association said in support of the measure that many workers face on-the-job discrimination, and that the state shouldn’t spend taxpayer money with companies that refuse to have policies barring harassment.
Other sessions were designed to be open to black men and women from minority groups that experience racial discrimination, and one space was scheduled to be open to everyone regardless of race or gender.
Wynn argued that, without a clear statement by Congress, religious discrimination is not authorized under the INA.
Both these lawsuits reflect a pattern: Trump's election does appear to have encouraged discrimination and hate crimes.
Ms. Ufot argued that black people, so inured to the reality of discrimination, were just not as frightened as liberal whites by Mr. Trump.
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Discriminating Among Meanings of discrimination
Discrimination has senses with neutral, positive, and negative connotations. On the one hand, it can refer to "the act (or power) of distinguishing" or to "good taste, refinement." These meanings, sometimes reinforced with modifiers (as in a fine or a nice discrimination), stress an ability to perceive differences as an index of unusual intelligence. On the other hand, when the perception of difference is marked by invidious distinction or hostility, the word (often followed by against) takes on very negative overtones, as in the senses "act of discriminating categorically rather than individually" (discrimination against women, age discrimination) and "a prejudiced outlook or course of action" (racial discrimination). The original, neutral sense of discrimination, "the act of distinguishing," came into English by the early 17th century, followed by the positive one associated with superior discernment in the 18th century. Discrimination in the "prejudice" sense has been in use since the early 19th century, almost 200 years ago.
Origin and Etymology of discrimination
First Known Use: 1621
Synonym Discussion of discrimination
DISCRIMINATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of discrimination for English Language Learners
: the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people
: the ability to recognize the difference between things that are of good quality and those that are not
: the ability to understand that one thing is different from another thing
DISCRIMINATION Defined for Kids
Definition of discrimination for Students
1 : the practice of unfairly treating a person or group differently from other people or groups of people The law prohibits discrimination against the disabled.
2 : the ability to see differences Police use a dog's discrimination of smells.
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