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

Other Words from discriminatory

discriminatorily \ di-​ˌskri-​mə-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce discriminatory (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 While the order prohibited discriminatory recruitment practices in national defense departments, agencies and industries, civil rights concerns remained, according to the National Archives. Kendall Ross, ABC News, 2 Aug. 2022 Senator Hughes said portions of his life have been framed by the discriminatory lending practices that prevent Black and brown communities from building wealth. Ken Sweet, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Aug. 2022 The company engaged in a host of discriminatory practices, such as concentrating offices in majority-White neighborhoods and excluding qualified families from receiving credit. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 Hughes said portions of his life have been framed by the discriminatory lending practices that prevent Black and brown communities from building wealth. Ken Sweet, ajc, 27 July 2022 Calls to rid the hair salon space of those discriminatory practices have also led to changes in hairdressing regulations in the UK. Sierra Leone Starks, Allure, 19 July 2022 In order to investigate the connection between discriminatory lending practices of the past and health outcomes of today, the team converted redlining maps graded by lending risk to modern-day census tract maps from over 200 U.S. cities. Gretchen Cuda Kroen, cleveland, 14 July 2022 What began as a trade war over Beijing’s discriminatory business practices and a tech war to dominate the industries of the future is now an ideas war—a battle to establish the norms that govern global affairs. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 13 July 2022 The current program, Simmons said, is the city's initial reparations effort and was informed by a mass of research that led them to identify the legacy of discriminatory housing practices. Jacquelyne Germain, CNN, 13 July 2022 See More

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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 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for discriminatory


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 discriminatory (audio) \ adverb

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