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

Definition of discriminatory

2 : applying or favoring discrimination in treatment

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discriminatorily \ -​ˌkri-​mə-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce discriminatorily (audio) , -​ˌkrim-​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

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Critics have countered that the legislation is discriminatory against people who are transgender. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "After Santa Fe, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says school security will be top priority in Texas Senate," 15 June 2018 While the district cannot discuss individual student discipline due to FERPA restrictions, racial slurs and discriminatory language are a violation of our student code of conduct. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Mason schools investigating student's racist video; 'Tree-swinging, watermelon-eating...'," 6 Feb. 2018 Tom Linebarger, chief executive of engine maker Cummins Inc., represents the Business Roundtable, which supports a crackdown on China’s discriminatory trade practices but not a decoupling of the two economies. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Trump Didn’t Kill the Global Trade System. He Split It in Two.," 26 Dec. 2018 These governments should immediately suspend permission to use Airbnb until its discriminatory policy is reversed. Eugene Kontorovich, WSJ, "Airbnb’s Anti-Israel Hypocrisy," 25 Nov. 2018 The kingdom was also named the second worst for women after Afghanistan for economic opportunities, discriminatory policies, and domestic abuse. Krysia Lenzo, Fox News, "Saudi woman makes history as country's first female evening news anchor," 24 Sep. 2018 But the government is not seizing its opportunity to undo racially discriminatory policies. The Economist, "Malaysia’s ruling party may be gone, but its racial policies survive," 7 June 2018 The student didn’t appear to be acting with discriminatory intent, the district has said. Heather Hollingsworth, The Seattle Times, "Missouri teacher suspended after student dresses as Klansman," 13 Nov. 2018 While Shirley’s feminist company prospered, other British computing companies using outdated, discriminatory business practices floundered, dragging down their industry as a whole. Marie Hicks, The Verge, "The long history behind the Google Walkout," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of discriminatory

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

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

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