dis·​crim·​i·​na·​to·​ry | \ di-ˈskri-mə-nə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce discriminatory (audio) , -ˈskrim-nə- \

Definition of discriminatory

2 : applying or favoring discrimination in treatment

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Other Words from discriminatory

discriminatorily \ di-​ˌskri-​mə-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce discriminatorily (audio) , -​ˌskrim-​nə-​ \ adverb

Examples of discriminatory in a Sentence

The law prohibits discriminatory hiring practices. a company that was fined for its discriminatory practices in the hiring of women
Recent Examples on the Web Not only are the Census data used to redraw congressional and local voting districts, in order that the districts are representative and not discriminatory, but these data are also used to challenge unfair redistricting by watchdogs. Rich Benjamin, The New York Review of Books, "Who Counts in a Census Taken During a Pandemic?," 14 Apr. 2020 The recovering Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are Exhibit A of the non-discriminatory nature of the virus. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "Coronavirus isn’t the only deadly virus confronting our planet: Phillip Morris," 5 Apr. 2020 Coal companies and coal-state lawmakers quickly condemned the decisions as ideologically motivated and discriminatory, and acted. Los Angeles Times, "Coal states sue California cities and Washington state to force ports to ship exports," 26 Feb. 2020 Uber and Postmates sued California in late December, alleging the law was unconsitutional and discriminatory, but a federal judge denied their request to temporarily halt enforcement against them. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Court says Instacart flunks AB5; shoppers should be employees," 25 Feb. 2020 The suspect in police officer’s death was out on bond at the time of the shooting, a judge rules on whether appellate-judge elections are discriminatory, and a possible bill would make summer break longer. Bob Sims | Rsims@al.com, al, "Deadly and free on bond, judicial elections and a longer summer break," 6 Feb. 2020 Paula Ross, a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Tax Commission, said the agency has rules against personalized VIN numbers on license plates that are discriminatory, threatening or overtly political. Washington Post, "Okla. senators want MAGA license plates — which might violate federal campaign finance rules," 18 Jan. 2020 Next steps for Jeffersonville include drafting a Fairness Ordinance proposal and determining how to enforce the anti-discriminatory provisions of such a law. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "LGBTQ advocates in Southern Indiana push for Fairness Ordinance in Jeffersonville," 11 Jan. 2020 Klausner gutted almost all of the women’s claims of inequal treatment, including dismissing the notion that forcing the women and not the men to play on artificial turf was discriminatory. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "U.S. Soccer’s legal win is a stunning loss for the women’s national team," 3 May 2020

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First Known Use of discriminatory

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Discriminatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discriminatory. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of discriminatory

: not fair : unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people


dis·​crim·​i·​na·​to·​ry | \ di-ˈskrim-ə-nə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce discriminatory (audio) \

Kids Definition of discriminatory

: showing discrimination : being unfair discriminatory work policies


dis·​crim·​i·​na·​to·​ry | \ dis-ˈkri-mə-nə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce discriminatory (audio) \

Legal Definition of discriminatory

1 : applying discrimination in treatment
2 : having unlawful discrimination as an effect

Other Words from discriminatory

discriminatorily \ -​ˌkri-​mə-​nə-​ˈtōr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce discriminatorily (audio) \ adverb

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