dis·​crim·​i·​na·​tive | \ di-ˈskri-mə-ˌnā-tiv How to pronounce discriminative (audio) , -ˈskri-mə-nə- \

Definition of discriminative

1 : making distinctions

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fighting laws which were grossly discriminative
Recent Examples on the Web Known for their hyper-selective and discriminative taste, hypebeasts search for the freshest trends—especially limited-release lifestyle products. Courtney Coffman, The Atlantic, "Shops Aren’t for Shopping Anymore," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of discriminative

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Discriminative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discriminative. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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